Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Dysfunctional: Life Journeys of a Second Generation Jazz Musician, the memoirs of the late saxophonist Alaadeen, have been published.

*More news from Victoria Dunfee: Tribute to Alaadeen: Sunday, July 24, 2011; The View Community Center, Grandview. Featuring international Jazz recording artist Najee, legendary Jazz vocalist Luqman Hamza, group 21 and many more. Program includes dinner... Tickets $35/person. Proceeds to benefit the Alaadeen Fine Arts Foundation. Advanced ticket sales only. To purchase tickets contact Sulaiman Salaam, #816.589.1858.

*Bob James introduces Bobby Watson via video in footage from the recent jazz festival in Marshall, Missouri.

*Here's another video for a track from Pat Metheny's new album.

*Mike Metheny is interviewed at Jazz Online.

*New albums by Karrin Allyson, Mille Edwards/Michael Pagan and Mike Metheny are reviewed by KCJazzLark.

*Hearne Christopher chats with Beena Brandsgard about the impact of Marilyn Maye's cancelation.

*Stan Kessler is back with the Black House kids.

*The Guardian notes a pivotal moment in the life of Charlie Parker.

*Here's a partial list of acts booked by: Jazz St. Louis: Take 6, Stanley Jordan's Trio, Jeff Lorber Fusion, John Scofield Jazz Quartet, Kurt Elling, Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, Greg Osby, The Bad Plus, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Anat Cohen Quartet, Freddy Cole, Vijay Iyer Trio, Nicholas Payton Trio, Marlena Shaw, Tia Fuller Quartet, Stanley Clarke Trio, Dianne Reeves with Ahmad Jamal, Herbie Hancock, Joshua Redman/Brad Mehldau Duo, Stefon Harris with Sean Jones and the Christian McBride Big Band.

*Tweet o' the Week: KCJazzConnxn: Tonight on KC Jazz Connection: Brad Cox, PLBB, Alaturka, and Diverse... it's KC's best and brightest in jazz 8-10pm 90.7 FM

*From Dan Gailey: There is still plenty of time to register for the 19th Annual KU Jazz Workshop! The camp is open to students entering 9th - graduating 12th grades, and is under the supervision of Dan Gailey, Director of Jazz Studies at KU. The workshop is an exciting week of instruction in all aspects of jazz, with special emphasis placed on small group performance. The workshop faculty includes outstanding performers and teachers from around the United States and includes some of Kansas City's finest jazz musicians, including Wayne Hawkins, Jeff Harshbarger, Brandon Draper and Brian Baggett. Student and faculty concerts and jam sessions offer students at all levels the chance to perform and grow in improvisational, small group, and ensemble playing... For more information, go to or email Dan Gailey at

*From Abel Ramirez: A and W Ballroom, Hanger Dance, June 25th… “The Summer Wind” brings back everything you loved about A&W Ballroom’s previous hangar dances!… We will dance to live music and watch the sun set in southern Johnson County, creating the image Sinatra must have imagined when he sang “two sweethearts, and the summer wind.” 6:00-7:00 Helicopter rides by Johnny Rowlands' KC Copters; 7:00-10:00 Live music by the Abel Ramirez Trio, featuring the vocal talents of Frank “Vig” Vigliaturo… You will enjoy complimentary desserts and beverages, and you are also welcome to bring your own drinks to help set the mood.

*From Dean Minderman: The Mizzou New Music Summer Festival will be held Monday, July 11 through Saturday, July 16 in Columbia, MO. The weeklong series of events will include four public concerts, with the grand finale featuring the world premieres of new works written by the festival’s eight resident composers and performed by the acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. The final concert will take place at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, July 16 at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts (MTCA), 203 S. Ninth St. in downtown Columbia.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Dean Minderman said...

Thanks for mentioning the Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, Bill. It's not exactly jazz, but Alarm Will Sound is a very interesting group and there's a lot of good stuff planned for that week in Columbia.
BTW, Jazz St. Louis also has a hand in the David Sanborn/George Duke/Marcus Miller concert playing the Touhill in August. Overall, I think they've got a pretty strong lineup for 2011-12.

Anonymous said...

I hope Stan shares a lesson on appropriate hygiene with the Black house kids.

Anonymous said...

Alarm Will Sound is so amazing!! Acoustic Aphex Twin! I wish I could go. - Sam

Anonymous said...

I hope Stan shares a lesson on appropriate hygiene with your mom.


Anonymous said...

Instead if signing Boooomm!!! You might sign in BO.

Is it too much to ask for cats to take a bath, where deodorant and brush teeth.

Russell Thorpe said...

hooray for anonymous cowardice and name-dropping!!! yeah!! woo-hoo!!!

seriously though, is that it?

Anonymous said...

Yep, thats it Phono. Thanks for weighing in.

Russell Thorpe said...

are you calling me fat? "weighing in". is that a fat joke, cause I'm real sensitive about my girlish figure. I might have to eat your family just to keep my self esteem at a healthy level

Matt Leifer said...

Personally, I like Black House for the music. Seems to me most of us shower, only a couple don't, and like an adult, I get over it. Did a musician with bad breath or unkempt hair rape you once? Dig the sand out of your vag.

Matt Leifer said...

By the way, when and if I decide to criticize somebody (for anything,) I proofread and check for spelling errors. Maybe I'm petty but I feel that a mistake like "where deodorant" undermines any upper hand one has in a dialogue. You're clearly just trolling for arguments, and you're as sloppy with your words as you accuse my friends of being with their hygiene. I'd rather be friends with smelly people who value their intellect.