Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*The lineup for the second annual Prairie Village Jazz Festival is truly excellent.

*Patrick Neas previewed Bobby Watson's collaboration with Bach Aria Soloists.

*The People's Liberation Big Band is appreciated by KCJazzLark.

*The July Jazz Jam features Tim Whitmer, Everette DeVan, Danny Cox and Monique Danielle.

*The Pitch previewed last week's Mark Lowrey vs. Hip Hop show.

*Listening to jazz makes me want to go practice. It doesn't remind me of any pretty girls and it doesn't make me want to drive around town, smoke cigarettes, and be sad for reasons I can't articulate. How I adore the wacky kids at Black House Improvisors' Collective!

*"Basie was never really commonplace- he was always measures ahead. Bird was the word back when tenors [sic] was heard from Kansas [sic] right up to the Pres," Gil Scott-Heron sang on "Is That Jazz?" The poet, pop musician and jazz man died May 27.

*Via Facebook: Hip Hop… Jazz… “Both Sides” to “Blacken” the Blue Room in June! Like-Minded is a collective of musicians and emcees who are quickly becoming the Soulquarians of the Midwest. Over the last 18 months, Diverse and wordsmiths Les Izmore and Reach have been redefining the landscape of live performance in their respective genres. This time around Diverse and Reach will be joined by veteran of the Kansas City music scene, Vertigone, for a tribute to Brooklynite Mos Def’s 1999 masterpiece Black on Both Sides. This is the 2nd in a series of tributes commissioned by the American Jazz Museum (the original tribute was to A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory – January 2011). The tribute is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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