Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*Good news! From a press release: Theater League’s jazz, blues and comedy hour, 12 O'Clock Jump, will make its own jump to live broadcast this summer, when KCUR, Kansas City’s public radio station, starts carrying the program from midnight to 1AM on Saturday nights. The weekly broadcasts of the show, live! from the Mutual Musicians Foundation in Kansas City ’s 18th and Vine Historic District, begin on Saturday, July 4.
A "featured artist" and "guest host" will be provide each night's theme. Here's the lineup: July 4- Pete Fountain/Lynn Zimmer, July 11- Cal Tjader/Greg Carroll, July 18- Carmell Jones/Stan Kessler, July 25- Charlie Christian/Rod Fleeman, August 1- Louis Armstrong/Lonnie McFadden, August 8- Benny Carter/Kim Park, August 15- Oscar Peterson/Bryan Busby, August 22- Count Basie/Will Matthews, and August 29- Charlie Parker/Bobby Watson.
The spotlights on Carmell Jones, Charlie Christian and Charlie Parker look particularly promising.
*Amazon compiled a list of "The 100 Greatest Jazz Albums of All Time." Like all such exercises, it's inherently silly. Naturally, it meets with Plastic Sax's approval. How did Kansas City's jazz artists rate? Pat Metheny's Offramp is #92, Charlie Parker With Strings is #31, Count Basie At Newport is #18 and Bird and Diz is #3. If you like this sort of thing, don't forget that Plastic Sax compiled a list of Top Ten Kansas City Jazz Recordings.
*The Pitch previewed a show by The People's Liberation Big Band. A complete idiot reviewed that performance. The same fool wrote about Tony Bennett's concert at The Midland.
*The public information supervisor at The Kansas City Kansas Community College thoughtfully submitted a fine photo to Plastic Sax. Here's the caption: Kansas City jazz icons (from left) pianist Mike Ning, clarinet and saxophonist Jim Mair and vocalist Millie Edwards highlighted the 15th Annual Jazz Cabaret at Kansas City Kansas Community College. A fund-raiser for the KCKCC music department, the Jazz Cabaret was also held at the Leavenworth Community Center. (KCKCC Photo by Alan Hoskins)
*Great minds think alike. (Rolling of eyes encouraged.) Joe Klopus and I wrote variations on the same theme last week.
*A "recruit video" for the Kansas City Youth Jazz band was just posted at YouTube.
*The "hiatus" of the Rhythm & Ribs festival is noted in St. Louis.
*Honestly, I can't tell if Hearne Christopher is being serious or ironic in his latest piece about Beena Rajalekshimi of Jardine's.
*A song titled "Olathe" is streaming at drummer Richie Pratt's MySpace.
*A guy associated with B.A.C. Horn Doctor, an Olathe instrument shop, is restoring a Grafton saxophone. Even cooler? He has a podcast about his work on the "plastic sax."
(Original image by Plastic Sax. The Kansas City Zoo once featured blues and jazz acts at this site. Longtime Plastic Sax staffers get particularly misty-eyed as they recall the parties Sonny Kenner hosted here.)