Friday, August 13, 2010

Now's the Time: Michael Pagan

Kansas City composer and pianist Michael Pagan plays Lee's Summit native Pat Metheny's wonderful "James" in the embedded clip. Metheny reportedly named the song for James Taylor. The singer-songwriter performed a sold-out concert at Sprint Center in May. Metheny drew an audience of about 900 to The Uptown Theater the same month. This correspondent also saw Metheny thrill a crowd of about 2,800 Italians earlier this year. Although Pagan recently assumed the position of Director of Marketing and Communications at the American Jazz Museum, this performance was filmed at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. Pagan is the featured performer at Saturday's 12th Street Jump. The weekly radio program recently moved from the Foundation to the downtown Marriott. Does your head hurt yet? Mine does.

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