Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*Guitarist Brian Baggett is the latest area jazz musician to be interviewed by Joe Dimino on Neon Jazz.
*Vine Street Rumble made a television appearance.
*The Kansas City Star reports on a possible new museum dedicated to Negro league baseball in Birmingham, Alabama. The institution would ostensibly compete for funding and artifacts with Kansas City's Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. The adjoining American Jazz Museum already faces competition from entities including The Jazz Museum in Harlem.
*The author of a letter recalls an encounter with the late John Elliott.
*The Pitch plugs a performance by the Bram Wijnands Swingtet.
*Jazz pianist Paul Smith has died. Thankfully for the regional jazz scene, the Kansas City jazz pianist Paul Smith is still very much alive.
*Tweet o' the Week: Brian Scarborough- Standing room only at The Record Bar tonight for People's Liberation Big Band. Great music, great crowd, great band. #kcjazz #fivemoreyears
*Comment o' the Week: Anonymous- I could care less what Stanley Crouch has to say about Charlie Parker. I'm way more interested to read the new Parker bio coming out by Kansas City's own Chuck Haddix!
*Via Anita Dixon regarding The Foundation Big Band: Come hear a fresh new big band in Kansas City's original home for jazz: The Mutual Musician's Foundation. The band, comprised of KC-area musicians, will perform original works as well as staples of the big band repertoire, including tunes from the Count Basie Orchestra - the lead purveyors of the KC big band sound. $5 cover goes to the musicians. Come be a part of a new thang in a historic place. (Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.)
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)