Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*Pearl Thuston-Brown passed away Sunday. She was 84. Chuck Haddix interviewed the one-time vocalist in Lionel Hampton's band in 2007. She was last featured at Plastic Sax in 2010.
*I didn't attend this year's gravesite service for Charlie Parker at Lincoln Cemetery. Neither, apparently, did you. In a report filed by my friend XO, he notes that just "(t)wo sax players, one singer and maybe a dozen observants" were present for the annual memorial.
*Headline: Council approves 18th and Vine renovation project. KCJazzLark approves.
*Tony's Kansas City gets the scoop on The Mutual Musicians Foundation's bottles of Kansas City wine.
*Libby Hanssen compiled a survey of forthcoming jazz performances for The Star.
*Here's a review of the first set of Marilyn Maye's current engagement at Jardine's.
*Elgin Smith and Joel Francis reviewed Friday's Return to Forever concert. Here's a bit of fan footage.
*"By modern jazz standards it was a complete hit and by free beer standards it was also good," Hunter Long writes of the most recent Black House Improvisors' Collective performance. Recent posts also include notification of the next season and a couple of video clips.
*Ahmad Alaadeen's Dsyfunctional is now available as an e-book at Amazon's Kindle store.
*Jeneé Osterheldt describes “Sweet Easy Sundays” at Danny's Big Easy.
*The CBC explores the "thirty year musical relationship between Canadian luthier Linda Manzer and guitar great Pat Metheny." (Via Peter Hum.)
*The threat posed by Hurricane Irene forced the cancellation of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in New York. Here's a preview of what might have been. "(L)ike many musicians of my generation, bebop was like a message from the messiah," Toots Thielemans told The New York Post in advance of his ill-fated appearance at the festival.
*Interesting background information about Dr. Reginald Buckner is included in the preview for the September 24 concert at the Blue Room featuring the Will Matthews Organ Quartet.
*Here's solid audio (and murky video) of one of the Brad Leali Tentet's August gigs at the Blue Room.
*Tweet o' the Week: THEFOLLYTHEATER: Tickets for the 2011-2012 Folly Jazz Series go on sale Monday at 10am. Don't miss out on great seats! 816-474-4444 www.follytheater.org
*From Community Christian Church: The lineup for the 2011 edition of Jazz Carol Fest includes Deborah Brown, Millie Edwards and Luzman Hamza. The house band features James Albright, Everette DeVan, Rod Fleeman, Stan Kessler, Jim Mair and Jurgen Welgen. Tim Whitmer is the Master of Ceremonies. The concert begins at 4 p.m.
*From the American Jazz Museum: A press conference regarding the 2011 Rhythm & Ribs festival is scheduled for 9:00 a.m., September 6, at the museum.
(Original image of UMKC campus by Plastic Sax.)