Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Vince Bilardo died Monday. He was one of the most prominent and popular Kansas City jazz musicians. In addition to being a great drummer, Bilardo worked for decades to promote Kansas City's jazz scene. He was, if I'm not mistaken, the founder of the Corporate Woods Jazz Festival.

*YouTube sensation Von Smith is a contestant on the current season of American Idol. The Kansas City-area resident has ardent fans among Kansas City's jazz community. Watch him croon.

*A complete idiot reviewed last week's Blue Note 7 concert at The Gem.

*Sue Vicory posted an interview with Karrin Allyson.

*Don't forget Thursday's Ben Allison show at the Blue Room.

*I can't find any video of Fat Tuesday jazz parade, but here's a great photo of last night's revelry. (Tip via Tony's Kansas City.)

*I suppose it's encouraging that Kansas City's most influential blogger monitors Plastic Sax, the most esoteric site in the Kansas City area. Tony recently noted that I post these updates "every damn week".

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Burnin_Worm said...

R.I.P. Vince, it has been an honor hittin' with you these past two years. I'll miss you a lot.


Anonymous said...

I am looking forward to the Saturday night Folly Jazz Series tribute to Big Joe Turner with Bernard Purdie, Red Holloway and Kevin Mahogany!