Tuesday, April 4, 2017


Charlie Parker had been dead for more than 30 years when the current incarnation of the New York jazz club Birdland opened on 44th Street in 1981.  Even so, I was filled with hometown pride that had nothing to do with Bird as I listened to the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra from a $30 seat at the venue's bar in Manhattan on Sunday.  The three percussionists that propel the accomplished 18-piece ensemble are peerless, but many members of the band didn’t seem capable of outplaying the top Kansas City based jazz musicians. 

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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