Friday, February 22, 2008

Kansas City's Dutchman

Consider this- Bram Wijnands so loved Kansas City's music that he moved here to perform it. The Dutchman has dedicated his career to reviving the roaring sounds of vintage Count Basie, Jay McShann and Bennie Moten. He may be the music's single most convincing recreationist.

A good Samaritan filmed several performances by Wijnands' Majestic Seven at Jardine's last week. Additional selections can be viewed here, here and here.

The band plays the club the second Wednesday of every month. Wijnands also works in a trio format every Friday and Saturday at the Majestic.

Here's one final tip- over a dozen excellent Wijnands recordings are available for download at his site.


kcmeesha said...

This is one of my favorite styles. Reminds me of the Sun Valley Serenade

Anonymous said...

As always, HiB, you are right -- With the original cats like Claude Williams (R.I.P.) all gone now, Bram may be the strongest link to the tradition.
-Rick in PV