Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Confirmation: Weekly News and Notes

*It doesn't bother me that the two biggest draws at this weekend's "Turning X on 18th & Vine" celebration aren't jazz artists. I've always loved randy funksters Cameo, and Patti LaBelle's presence is probably the reason Friday's high-dollar fundraiser is sold out. Here are listings of events on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The "Street Festival" on Saturday looks especially promising.

*Details on Kansas City's new sister city relationship with New Orleans are here.

*Surely the late Joe Zawinul played here a few times, but I don't recall seeing him perform in Kansas City. Here's one definitive Kansas City connection- Zawinul backed Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson on this album when he was in Cannonball Adderley's band.

*Joe Klopus previewed Arch Martin's last gig in KC for the Star.

*Here's Lee terrific audio of the recent ceremony at Bird's grave. It's the single best report from the event.

*Steve Paul's photos from of the recent Charlie Parker tribute are here .

*The second part of NPR's podcast on Charlie Parker is now available.

*A local woman was the inspiration for the composition "Dream a Little Dream of Me".

*Why mention Barry Manilow in this space? He's releasing a jazz-oriented Christmas album through Kansas City-based Hallmark. Details are here.

*The Kansas State alumni magazine published a charming history of the university's jazz band.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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