Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Loren Pickford blames BMI for the loss of his gig at the Golden Ox according to a report by Tess Koppelman. (Tip via Tony's Kansas City.) Pickford plays Thursday, July 23, at the Blue Room.

*Will Matthews' new album, Count Out Swingin', streets August 3. The recording features saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Mel Rhyne and drummer Kenny Phelps.

*KCUR profiled jazz and electronica musician John Brewer.

*Tony's Kansas City continues to rave about Dave Stephens. The popular blogger also seems to approve of the previous Plastic Sax post.

*If I didn't know better, I'd suggest that A Blog Supreme has been monitoring Plastic Sax. A new essay suggesting that the jam band scene is an appropriate model for jazz musicians is strikingly familiar. (Here's just one example.)

*Apropos of nothing, the Guardian published a fine essay on Charlie Parker.

*435 South magazine featured David Basse. (Tip via AZ.)

*As Andrew Zender reported in a comment to the previous Plastic Sax post, Jazz Times magazine is "back in action".

*As I suggested a couple days ago, Kansas City's rock scene is thriving. A new documentary about the scene screened here last week. Requisite jazz content? The accompanying free download includes a track by Sal Retta that's sure to please fans of Madeleine Peyroux.

*"Jazz Is Dead." That's apparently the title of a song by new Kansas City indie rock band Thee Water Moccasins.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Anonymous said...

The Majestic had problems with this too. I've heard Loren's group and it was not all original music. If the Golden Ox is paying ascap then the simple solution is to play ascap owned music. That is a large catalog to choose from. The annual ascap/bmi fee is less than $1000 if memory serves me correct.

Jason Harper said...

Click my name if you care to read what I think about 72 Musicians. I'm glad you mention Sal Retta. The film features her playing and singing for a moment and sounding beautiful as always. I don't know what the deal is with that girl. Seems like now would be the perfect time for her to break out, but I can't figure out whether she doesn't have her shit together or just has little interest in the music game. I wish she would move into the apartment across the hall from mine. I'd spend every Sunday with my ear pressed to the wall.

Anonymous said...

ascap, sesac & bmi. 3 different groups you have to pay to have live music. The fee is based on several things like square footage, days open etc. each of them are around 1000 a year in my experience.

Music News said...

The new Will Matthews CD is titled: "COUNT On Swingin' (ARC-2109)", rather than "Count Out Swining". Thanks for the mention! Peace, Cb

Happy In Bag said...

Thanks for the correction, ARC.