Monday, June 25, 2012
Welcome to the Future
The embedded video may simply look like five guys playing cerebral jazz for a small audience. I see more- a lot more. The video represents the future of jazz in Kansas City. Four of the five young musicians are graduates of the jazz program at UMKC's Conservatory of Music. They're playing a gig in Michael Shults' current base of Cincinnati with St. Louis' Peter Schlamb. At a time when jazz is an afterthought at area "jazz" festivals and the number of Kansas City venues dedicated to jazz can be counted on the hand of a careless butcher, the elements exhibited in this modest video provide a reason to celebrate.