Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*NPR's A Blog Supreme offers this report from the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition: The concert also showcased Kansas City, Mo. bassist and composer Joe Johnson's "Shepherd's Song," the winning work of the Monk Institute's 2009 International Composers Award. Johnson performed the piece accompanied by Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Joe Lovano (tenor sax), Geoff Keezer (piano) and Carl Allen (drums).

*Joel Francis interviewed Buck O'Neil in 1998 about the Kansas City jazz scene. Here's the transcription.

*Kansas City's most popular blogger remains a fan of Dave Stephen's Jazz Circus. He continues his "countdown" to Friday's show at Jardine's here.

*A San Diego newspaper makes the claim that California is Eldar's true home.

*Here's an interesting report on Washburn's jazz program.

*Bird lives! A London blog continues to obsess over the giant.

*Hearne Christopher notes that a Lonnie McFadden gig at Jardine's last week was based in R&B rather than jazz.

*Hey! Lionel Loueke will be at the Blue Room next month. It's listed on the Kansas City Jazz Calendar.

*Fresh news and videos have been posted at Diverse's compelling site.

* The Star, The Pitch and Joel Francis reviewed Jimmy Cobb's Kind of Blue tribute concert at the Gem Theater.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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