Friday, March 20, 2020
Now's the Time: Big John Patton
I intend to showcase Kansas City jazz artists of yore during the coronavirus-related closure of performance spaces. Long before jazz organists like Everette DeVan, Chris Hazelton and Ken Lovern entertained local audiences, the Kansas City native Big John Patton was one of Blue Note Records’ best-selling artists. A year before he died, the organist performed at the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival in 2001.