Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Did you know that Count Basie and John Coltrane once met? Here's proof. (Discovered via Jazz Wax.) And I don't know why this footage of Count Basie has received an astounding 10,000 views in five days, but it's a real treasure.

*Robert Trussell spoke with Mark O'Connor. The fiddler performs January 23 at The Folly Theater.

*KCJazzLark tells a charming story about meeting Andy Kirk.

*The American Jazz Museum will feature a day of Mary Lou Williams-related activities on January 23. The authors of a new children's book about Williams are among the participants.

*Joel Francis hangs out with Mouth.

*Pat Metheny's Orchestrion is currently ranked at #51 on Amazon's list of best-selling music titles.

*The University Daily Kansan touts Kansas City's jazz clubs.

*Suburban Prairie Village, Kansas, has seemingly caught the jazz bug. Air Force ensemble The Noteables perform at Asbury Methodist Church on January 31. And I spotted the following notice in the Village Voice (ha!): The 1st Annual Prairie Village Jazz Festival, on September 10th and 11th, 2010, is looking for volunteers to help plan and implement this premier event for our City, as members of the “Friends of PV Jazz Festival” ensemble. Please join us on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 6:30 pm to sign up as a member and learn more about how you can help make this fabulous opportunity a big success enhancing our City’s appreciation of the rich and plentiful jazz culture shared by many in our community.

*A new round of 12 O'Clock Jump has been announced. (Tip via a friend of Plastic Sax.) From a Theater League press release:
January 23- Featured Artist Django Reinhardt; Special Guests Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss
January 30- Featured Artist Stan Getz; Special Guests Kim Park and Doug Talley
February 6- Featured Artist Walter Page; Special Guests Bobby Watson and Sean Jones
February 13- Featured Artist, Harold Arlen; Special Guests Harry Allen and Grant Stewart
February 20- Featured Artist David “Fathead” Newman; Special Guest Horace Washington
February 27- Featured Artist Richie Cole; Special Guests Jim Mair and Kerry Strayer
March 6- Featured Artist Bix Biederbecke; Special Guest Barry Springer
March 13- Featured Artist Quincy Jones; Special Guest TBA
March 20- Featured Artist George Benson; Special Guest Danny Embrey
March 27- Featured Artist, Red Norvo; Special Guest Kent Means

*The twenty comments in response to last week's Confirmation post set a Plastic Sax record. Thanks, one and all, for reading and participating.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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