Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Steve Paul offers his take on the year in Kansas City jazz.

*Pat Metheny's Day Trip is ranked at #38 in the Village Voice's annual jazz critic's poll. In the reissue category, Mosaic's Lester Young/Count Basie title came in third while a 1948 date by Charlie Parker claimed eighth place. The vast disparity between the relevance of Kansas City's old and current jazz scenes remains deeply troubling.

*Did you know that Kansas State University offers a course in Kansas City jazz? An excitable and sadly misinformed blogger writes about his eagerness to attend the class. Alas, he believes that Jay McShann is still alive. If only it was so...

*In a potentially troubling development for jazz purists, Jardine's booked blues artist Millage Gilbert for a late show on January 3. Here's an excerpt of the club's press release: "Many, familiar with this town's worldwide reputation for Jazz, are less aware of our (even larger) Blues community. In truth, most of Kansas City's historic jazz figures, Basie, Turner, Parker and the rest, were as much stars of Blues as well as they were of Jazz. " It's a topic frequently pondered by Plastic Sax.

*Steve Penn provides an update on the Coda Jazz Fund.

*The Star quotes Andrew Zender of the American Jazz Museum about ticket sales to the Blue Room's New Year's Eve event.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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