Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*The American Jazz Museum and the Gem Theater will be busy Friday and Saturday. Scheduled events include tours, student band performances, lectures, award ceremonies and the Art Blakey tribute concert. A recent Steve Penn column focused on Saturday's "Health & Financial Fitness Fair."

*Plastic Sax wasn't the only jazz-related recipient of a Pitch "Best of Kansas City" award. Dennis Winslett received a Best Museum Tour Guide nod for his work at the American Jazz Museum.

*Jardine's recently posted a bulletin announcing "The Society of Charter Members of the New Piano." Members are assisting with the purchase of a new instrument for the jazz club. A "New Piano Marathon" is scheduled for November 2. The existing piano is for sale. That's all well and good, but at the top of my wish list for Jardine's is the simple hope that the kitchen and bar staff not blast punk band Rise Against when musicians are on stage.

*Jazz musician Mark Southerland is also a visual artist. He's been selected by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce to design a "Kansas Citian of the Year" award.

*An MP3 blogger offers a slice of funk by Mary Lou Williams. It's a revelation to me; I'd never heard this side of the pianist.

*A blogger reviewed a recent Bobby Watson concert in Canada.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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