Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Confirmation: Weekly News and Notes

*A Plastic Sax tipster passed on a rumor that community radio station KKFI plans to reduce its jazz programming. I have absolutely no evidence to support this claim.

*Pat Metheny's new trio effort Day Trip was released yesterday. Here's a live sample. And I just discovered that Pat streams his music at his site. Follow the "radio" links.

*Joe Klopus profiled Stan Kessler's new band.

*The Sun offers a piece on Candace Evans.

*Seemingly apropos of nothing- a concept Plastic Sax fully embraces- a local television station put together a story about the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

*The Steve Penn column mentioned here earlier this week also covers the long-awaited official opening of Harper's at 18th & Vine.

*Two musicians who once backed Charlie Parker died recently. Bassist Earl May passed January 4. He was 80. Drummer Francis Clay died January 23. He was 84.

*Fine Minneapolis jazz blog Bebopified reviews a recent Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra concert. Wynton's gang returns to the Folly Theater on February 8.

*Some freak detected a strong jazz undercurrent at the Mars Volta's recent Kansas City concert.

*Download graphic artist Rob Schamberger's take on the Mutual Musicians Foundation here.

(Plastic Sax took this picture of Harper's on August 17, 2007. The room was open that summer night.)

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