Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*The Pitch reports that Dionne Jeroue has died.  The vocalist was 35.  KCJazzLark mourns her death.  In the handful of times I'd heard Jeroue, she was performing as a member of Everette DeVan's band.  Here's a related online fundraiser.

*Mike Dillon's Band of Outsiders was released on Tuesday.

*The new season of the Live at the Hollywood Theater concert series opens May 10 with a concert by Diverse and Black House Quartet.

*Eliot Zigmund was interviewed by Joe Klopus in advance of his area gigs with Rob Scheps.  The Pitch also takes note of the barnstorming tour.

*KCTV reports that Olathe South High School was mired in a racial profiling flap related to a field trip to the Jazz District. 

*Nate Chinen reviewed a concert by the Pat Metheny Unity Group for The New York Times.

*Los Angeles Magazine examines Charlie Parker's work for Dial.

*Joe Dimino of Neon Jazz interviewed Doug Peete.

*Tweet o' the Week: Brad Allen- Just heard about Dionne Jeroue. So sad.

*From a press release: The Count Basie Orchestra, one of the greatest and most important jazz orchestras in history, will play at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, in Yardley Hall at Johnson County Community College.  Tickets, which are $35 and $25, are available through the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445 or online at  Scotty Barnhart, who was appointed as director in September, now leads the 18-member orchestra. Barnhart discovered his passion for music at an early age while being raised in Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. christened him. He has been a featured trumpet soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra for the last 20 years…

(Original image of a mural in Toronto by Plastic Sax.)

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