Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Confirmation: Weekly News and Notes

*The New York Times' recent historical revisionism of Charlie Parker's career did not sit well with some locals. The gist of the piece seems to be that Kansas City represented nothing but an unfortunate roadblock for Parker.

*Meanwhile, the Star's Steve Penn mused on Parker's influence and Steve Paul offered an analysis of the state of jazz in Kansas City.

*The New York Times and jazz blogger Darcy James Argue offer differing opinions on the Charlie Parker Festival.

*Eldar garnered some ink in the New York Daily News.

*The American Jazz Museum receives a lot of flack. So it's nice to see a positive review of the facility on a travel blog.

*Lee Ingalls produced an excellent audio profile of preparation for a recent Snuff Jazz concert.

*The Pitch provides a fun video of a gal tap-dancing and goofing with Bobby Watson at the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

*One shouldn't put much- if any- stock in the Missouri state fair's annual mock elections. Still, it's telling that "Kansas City Jazz" was trounced in a slate of four candidates.

(Photograph of Parker sculpture by Plastic Sax.)


Anonymous said...

The "gal" tap dancer in the Pitch video is the very professional Billie Mahoney. A Google search brought up this recent post with some surprising video

Happy In Bag said...

That's fantastic, Anon. Thanks!