*Chris Robinson praises albums by Alaturka, Matt Otto, Eddie Moore, Chris Hazelton, T.J. Martley, Roger Wilder and Clint Ashlock in the August issue of Downbeat magazine.
*A cursory scan of the 2013 Downbeat’s Critics Awards revealed the following Kansas City-related winners: Pat Metheny- 2nd place, Guitarist; Bobby Watson- 16th place, Alto Saxophone; Pat Metheny- 15th place, Album (Unity Band); Karrin Allyson- 1st place, Rising Star, Female Vocalist.
*Three songs from Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7- including a cover of “Suit & Tie”- are available at Bandcamp.
*KC Jazz Lark documents last weekend’s trumpet summit of Hermon Mehari, Stan Kessler and Mike Metheny at the Blue Room.
*John Elliott, a beloved instructor of many Kansas City musicians, has died.
*Black House Collective will host a "2 month long new music festival called Black Lab".
*The Pitch offers a lengthy feature on the “sophisticated dissonance” of the People’s Liberation Big Band in advance of the ensemble’s performance Sunday at the RecordBar.
*Stanley Crouch discusses his forthcoming book about Charlie Parker. (Via Tony’s Kansas City.)
*Here’s a video preview of Harold O’Neal’s Man On the Street album.
*Ahmad Alaadeen, Matt Kane and Pat Metheny were among the artists discussed in a roundup of the The Best Kansas City Music of 2013 (So Far) on KCUR’s Up To Date.
*St. Louis Jazz Notes reports that Marilyn Maye will play an integral role at the 2013 St. Louis Cabaret Festival.
*Bobby Watson is a guest on Intuition, the new album by the Czech-based Libor Šmoldas Quartet.
*Pat Metheny accompanies Buika on ”No lo sé”, a track on the Spanish vocalist’s new album.
*Here’s the latest edition of 12th Street Jump’s ”Blues In the News”.
*Tweet o’ the Week: Ben Leifer- Deborah Brown is the baddest! Thank you for your wonderful spirit! #kcjazz #swinghard #jazztradition @GreenLadyLounge
*Comment o’ the Week: Sam- YES! I'm not sure J.C. Deagan could've imagined this when he was making Xylophones in the '20's.
*Here’s a flyer touting the July Jazz Jam at Community Christian Church.
*From a press release (note change of venue from a previously published notice): Alaadeen Enterprises (AEI), the non-profit education organization founded in 1995 by the late Ahmad Alaadeen – jazz musician and educator – plans to re-launch its jazz educational initiative on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (his 79th birthday) at the Jazz District Patio Terrace, next to the Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker Memorial, on 18th & Paseo.
*The Kansas City Jazz Calendar has been updated for July.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)