Monday, October 20, 2014
Horace Washington died last week. His friendly stage presence and penchant for danceable soul-jazz made him one of Kansas City's most popular musicians in the 1980s. I last heard him with the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz at the Blue Room during the 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Festival on October 11. As a review in The Kansas City Star noted, he led the band in a lively rendition of Herbie Mann's "Memphis Underground." Washington was last featured at Plastic Sax in 2011.