Thursday, July 7, 2011
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*The ballot for The Pitch's annual music awards has been published. The nominees for "Jazz Ensemble" are the Barclay Martin Ensemble, Diverse, Hearts of Darkness and The People's Liberation Big Band. The nominees for "Jazz Solo Artist" are Bobby Watson, Hermon Mehari, Mark Lowrey and Mark Southerland.
*Hearne Christopher provides an update on Marilyn Maye's health.
*The role of race in today's jazz scene is pondered by KCJazzLark.
*Bobby Watson's The Gates BBQ Suite opens the UMKC Conservatory's series at the Kauffman Center on September 28.
*Chris Burnett muses on "the live jazz economy."
*Airtran Magazine features the Mutual Musicians Foundation in an article about Kansas City's live music scene.
*Dave Stephens' most prominent fan continues to share his enthusiasm for the showman.
*"The case has been made before about the younger generation getting its jones for jazz from the jam band world," Tim Finn writes in his review of an Umphrey's McGee concert. "Saturday night, that notion was confirmed."
*Neon Jazz is the title of a new radio program originating in Liberty.
*A couple of my buddies are amused by this cruel spoof. I'm not laughing.
*Tweet o' the Week: GrunauerKC: A reminder to all jazz enthusiasts: there is no shame in deodorant. (Via a Steve Paul retweet.)
*The jazz enthusiasts at Take Five Coffee Bar asked that I remind fans and musicians of the Leawood establishment's live music calendar.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)