Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*The logic behind the new sign that will soon be erected at 18th and Paseo is questioned in a KMBZ television report.
*Plastic Sax is scolded by KCJazzLark. I stand by my original essay.
*A November symposium in St. Louis looks interesting. "Commemorating and Preserving Jazz: The Formation of the Jazz Museum" features both Greg Carroll of the American Jazz Museum and Loren Schoenberg of The Jazz Museum in Harlem. (EDIT: this actually happened in 2009. I apologize.)
*There's been no escaping the Sue Vicory media blitz. A few examples follow. Robert Butler previews Vicory's film premiere. David Basse interviewed her on KANU. The local Fox affiliate aired a segment on Vicory that also featured a live performance by Diverse. Jerry Rapp writes about Vicory's project from a film-maker's perspective. Here are details for the May 6 premiere at the Gem Theater.
*Lee Hill Kavanaugh wrote a very nice tribute to the late Pete Eye.
*Rick Hellman spotlights the work of Tommy Ruskin, Stan Kessler and Sam Wisman.
*John Poses composed a thoughtful review of Mike Metheny's latest album.
*"Pagan offers a musical landscape that concentrates on beautiful ballads crafted in a classical tinge," a critic notes of Michael Pagan's new Three of the Ages album.
*The cool kids on Twitter recently brought a 2009 review from the New York Times to my attention. It cites "drummer Kevin Cerovich." I hadn't realized the Kansas City trombonist (and sometime drummer) had worked in Eric Lewis' ELEW project.
*The New York City edition of Megan Birdsall's tour vlog is excellent. I admire MBird's pluck.
*The Star reviewed the American Jazz Museum's tribute to Duke Elllington. The Daily Record also covered the event.
*The Pitch offers text and a set of photos of a party held to honor Alaadeen.
*Calvin Wilson interviewed Pat Metheny for the Post-Dispatch. Metheny and his Orchestrion perform Friday at the Uptown Theater. (Tip via St. Louis Jazz Notes.)
*12th Street Jump returns to its new home at the downtown Marriott this Saturday.
*The six acts performing at this year's Jazzoo benefit include two classic rock bands, an '80s New Wave cover band, a rock group, a blues outfit and jazz man Everette DeVan.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)