Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Steve Paul provides video footage of Sunday's ceremony at Charlie Parker's grave. Watch his work here and here. An unidentified man with a camera superior to mine also filmed a portion of the event.

*I did not attend Sunday's function at the Mutual Musicians Foundation and I've been unable to locate a single review or social media posting about its Charlie Parker Festival. New York City's annual Charlie Parker Festival, however, received plenty of press last weekend. McCoy Tyner was the first day's headliner. Here's a review. Vijay Iyer and Jimmy Scott were featured on Sunday. Here's fan footage.

*Charlie Parker's Royal Roost recordings are examined by Marc Myers and Phil Schaap. The pair also discusses the rift between Parker and Davis and the strings album here.

*Hearne Christopher reports that Max Weinberg's big band will hit Jardine's on Halloween.

*Joe Klopus wrote a profile of Miguel DeLeon.

*The Star offers a fall jazz preview.

*Here's the flier for The Phoenix's September 18 block party.

*I uploaded the official poster of the Rhythm & Ribs Jazz and Blues Festival. Here's the link. The American Jazz Museum would like Plastic Sax readers to be reminded that tickets to the October 9 event are $18 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. And KCJazzLark offers a pep talk for jazz fans disappointed by the festival's headliners.

*Marilyn Maye serenaded Walt Bodine last Friday.

*Mark Edelman returns with a preview of the week in jazz. The same site posted an odd note about Kansas City's indifference to jazz.

*Here's another professional hip hop video that features glimpses of Kansas City's Jazz District. What's it going to take to get a local jazz musician to make a similar video?

*The Saturday column by Steve Penn provided updates on ongoing renovations in the Jazz District and noted a memorial jam for Alaadeen.

*Bobby Watson will perform with the Bach Aria Soloists on June 4. (Tip via The Star.)

*Micah Herman is interviewed by a television reporter.

*KC Stage features a video montage of Dave Stephens' Jazz Circus.

*The obituary of bandleader William P. Foster reveals a fascinating life. The bandleader and educator was born in Kansas City, Kansas.

*Jazz Artistry Now recommends a few online music clinics. Matt Otto is among the site's picks.

*Eldar plays ping pong. (Video found via A Blog Supreme.)

*While there's no Kansas City content in this New York Times feature on the jazz scene in Seattle, it makes for a fascinating compare-and-contrast exercise.

*From a press release: The free fall Jazz Series at Johnson County Community College will showcase six weeks of premier Kansas City jazz groups at noon Tuesday, Sept. 28-Nov. 2, in the Recital Hall of the Carlsen Center, Johnson County Community College. The fall 2010 Jazz Series is: Jazz Disciples, Sept. 28; Matt Otto Quartet, Oct. 5; Steve Rigazzi Trio, Oct. 12; Ervin Brown Quartet, Oct. 19; Gerald Spaits Quartet, Oct. 26, Polsky Theatre; Megan Birdsall Quartet, Nov. 2.

(Original image of the Dirty Force Brass Band by Plastic Sax.)

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