Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Deborah Brown promotes the Prairie Village Jazz Festival in an interview with Joel Nichols.

*Charles Ferruza interviewed Marilyn Maye. Tony Botello reviewed the final set of her engagement last week at Jardine's. Maye's performance at Missouri State University is previewed by the Springfield News-Leader.

*Festival season is considered by KCJazzLark.

*Chris Burnett touches on a broad array of personal and professional topics in a new blog post.

*"The state of jazz today" is the topic of KCUR's Up To Date this Friday. (Tip via KCJazzLark.)

*A press release characterizes 12th Street Jump as "one of the most listened-to weekly live jazz radio shows in the country."

*Bobby Watson's contribution to the Chicago Jazz Festival is noted by the Chicago Tribune.

*Anima, a new duet album by Matt Otto and Leonard Thompson, is available at CD Baby.

*The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings of Frank Sinatra and Count Basie were reissued yesterday.

*New York's Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has been rescheduled.

*Geri Allen, who will perform March 24, 2012, at the Gem Theater, will be featured in a live webcast tonight (September 7) at NPR.

*The St. Joseph Jazz Festival in St. Joseph, Missouri, is no more. It's now the Coleman Hawkins Bikes & Blues Festival. Meanwhile, The Phoenix, once a dependable Kansas City jazz venue, is hosting a blues festival on October 1.

*Karrin Allyson and Rod Fleeman perform Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" at a radio station in Seattle. Allyson will return to Jardine's on November 28 and 29.

*Tweet o' the Week: ericbowersphoto: photoblogged - the Phoenix Jazz Club in Kansas City link to photo

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*From JCCC: Trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and his band will appear Friday, Sept. 30, at Johnson County Community College in a musical and historical production that recalls the post-World War II jazz of Miles Davis. The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959, a collaboration with Blue Note Records, recaptures the sound and history of those years through the lens of the music that Davis created. The show includes live music performed in the manner it was first presented, with photos and film clips brought together by a beat poet-style narrator... Modest, Akinmusire would like you to know his band collectively with saxophonist Walter Smith III, pianist Sam Harris, bassist Harish Raghavan and drummer Justin Brown.

*From Jeff Davis: Sir Threadius Mongus returns for a free show during First Friday for their Threads EP release celebration, as well as the debut of new music and a new lineup featuring Jeff Davis (guitar and composition), Matt Otto (saxophones), Andrew McGhie (saxophone), Stanton Kessler (trumpet), Mike Stover (bass) and Jonathan Taylor (drums), on October 7, at 8PM, at La Esquina.

*From the American Jazz Museum: Services for Pearl Thuston-Brown are scheduled for Thursday, September 8, 2011. Visitation: 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Service: 11:00 am. Location: Boone Tabernacle Church of God, 1317 East 12th Street.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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