Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Confirmation: Weekly News and Notes

*The Wall Street Journal published William H. Smith's fond recollections of Kansas City's jazz heyday. Smith recalls seeing Charlie Parker sitting in with Jay McShann at Martin's-On-the-Plaza in 1938. The August 14 piece is here, but to avoid fancy-pants registration, try Googling "Wall Street Journal"+"Charlie Parker." (Thanks to M. for the tip.)

*Here's a link to Lee Ingalls' latest installment of jazz on KCUR.

*Hearne Christopher recaps the Mutual Musicians Foundation's good news in the August 15 Star.

*Bobby Watson provides a thorough update of his recent activities at his MySpace page.

*Jazz pianist Sal Mosca died July 28. He worked with Charlie Parker and other giants of jazz.

*Basie At Birdland was reissued with eight bonus tracks August 14.

*The proprietor of jazz blog Song With Orange recently visited Kansas City. He failed to let me know he was here, but he does name-check Plastic Sax in his impressions of our town. Don't miss his excellent photos of the Flint Hills.

*The Phoenix on 8th Street remains shuttered.

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