Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Confirmation: Weekly News and Notes

*Mike Metheny writes: "Thanks to the initiative of some good folks (and music fans/historians) in Lee's Summit, Missouri (my and Pat's hometown) the Metheny Music Foundation came into existence in January 2007."

"According to its mission statement, the new Foundation 'preserves, promotes, and perpetuates an informed appreciation for all styles of music, honoring the history of the Metheny family through four generations and the rich musical heritage of the city of Lee's Summit, the state of Missouri, and the surrounding region.'"

"On March 7, 2008, Pat will bring his trio (featuring Christian McBride and Antonio Sanchez) to Unity Village, which is near Lee's Summit, for the Foundation's first major fundraiser. I will join the trio as a guest (as long as it's a ballad...), and students from the Lee's Summit school district will also perform."

*The Kansas City Kansan put together a nice profile of Nick Rowland. The Kansas City Kansas Community College student will be playing first chair in an "all-star band" at next month's jazz educator's shindig.

*Lawrence's Journal-World ran a very positive feature about a youth jazz program.

*The Star provided an update on Megan Birdsall's health.

*According to a press release, Michael Wolff is booked at the Blue Room on February 22.

*One of the best blogs muses about a cornet once owned by Bix Beiderbecke. It's housed in a Davenport museum. Hmm- that sounds vaguely familiar...

(Incredible Kansas City jazz album art discovered via the wonderful LP Cover Lover.)

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