Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*A contributor to UMKC's student newspaper reviewed a recital. (Via Offstage.)
*A commentator admires the "seriously beautiful music" contained on Alaturka's new Yalniz album.
*A review of Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle's The Freedom of Expression at Nextbop notes that the album is "straight-ahead in the contemporary sense." Another reviewer suggests that the project possesses a "combustible energy."
*The Kansas City Star offers a review of Randy Brecker's appearance with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Anthony Rodgers also reviewed the concert.
*Bill Blankenship provides background on Bob Bowman, Todd Strait and other participants in the latest Topeka Jazz Workshop concert. Chuck Berg reviewed the show. (Via Offstage.)
*The man behind Phonologotron enjoys a current project.
*A writer for a British newspaper opines that Kansas City's "jazz district today is sadly a shadow of its former self."
*Here's the trailer for a new documentary about former Count Basie sideman Pauly Cohen.
*Comment o' the Week: Anonymous- I'm afraid you're just showing your ignorance. Yes, jazz in Kansas City is on the rise....in Kansas City. When you and Jazzlark write about how local artists are world class it's just sad. The artistic distance between Matt Otto and Chris Potter, or Mark Lowry and Brad Mehldau, is vast. Yes the scene is drastically improving, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that the music can compete on a national level. Go to New York for awhile and learn what good really is.
*Tweet o' the Week: Kevin Mahogany- Finished 5 nights at Birdland with 5 different bands!!
*From the Folly Theater: Eliane Elias will be backed by Marc Johnson and Mauricio Zottarelli at her concert on Saturday, April 13.
*From Ron Carlson: One update to the calendar. The Rob Scheps / Jerry Dodgion Quintet will now be playing the Blue Room on Friday, April 12th, so we have moved the Lucky Brewgrille date from Friday to Saturday, April 13th 7-10pm. This will be a musical party event to close out Rob and Jerry's two week tour of the region.
*From Mike Metheny: The Metheny Music Foundation has awarded its first college scholarship. The news item can be found here. Since 2007 the Foundation has also been offering summer music camp scholarships to Lee's Summit students and will do so again in '13. Those winners will be announced in May.
*From the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra: The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has an important concert coming up (Thursday, April 4th, 2013 – Muriel Kauffman Theatre/KCPA) which celebrates the 10th Anniversary Performing Arts Season by paying tribute to the “75th Anniversary” one of the most famous/important jazz events of all-time: Benny Goodman’s historic 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert.
*From 12th Street Jump: This week we celebrate the music of Randy Brecker with our special guest, Randy Brecker himself! The gang plays "So, What's Your Question" and reveals even more about this jazz great.
*From the American Jazz Museum #1: Jammin' at the Gem. Saturday, March 23, 8 p.m. The Gem Theater. The Monterey Jazz Festival, the longest continuously-running jazz festival in the world, has presented nearly every major jazz star—from Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong to Esperanza Spalding and Trombone Shorty—since it was founded in 1958. World-renowned for its artistic excellence, sophisticated informality, and longstanding mission to create and support year-round jazz education and performance programs in local, regional, national, and international venues, Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration continues this commitment in 2013 with its third North American Tour. Featuring leading critically-acclaimed, GRAMMY®-winning jazz artists, the all-star band consists of bassist and musical director Christian McBride, vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, pianist Benny Green, and drummer Lewis Nash. Embracing the past, present, and future of jazz, Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour 55th Anniversary Celebration will perform an assortment of classic jazz repertoire and original compositions by band members.
*From the American Jazz Museum #2: Thursday, April 4. 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Free Conversation with Jazz Violinist, Regina Carter in The Atrium - a special Take Five event! During Carter's visit, a variety of topics may be addressed. They may include how our history can inform our personal creative works and an exploration of jazz music. Yacouba Sissoko, a master Kora player, will join Carter. Attendees are invited to attend the Blue Room performance by Matt Kane's KC Generations Quintet at 7:00 p. m. following this special Take Five event.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)