Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*A reporter for KCUR marvels that "fake storefronts, including movie facades" from Robert Altman's 1996 film Kansas City "(h)ave been in place longer than many businesses" in the jazz district. The station also reports that a tax-increment financing plan for the jazz district has been terminated.

*Take Five Coffee + Bar and 1911 Restaurant & Lounge are praised by KCJazzLark.

*1911 Restaurant & Lounge finally has a web presence. The Pitch examines the venue's bathroom facilities.

*Hermon Mehari is the subject of an Ink magazine cover story. He's also featured in a promotional video for the Kansas City Chiefs.

*Michael Pagan makes a pitch for the American Jazz Museum.

*A Star staffer promotes 1911 Main and KC Youth Jazz.

*Joe Klopus previews a Westport Art Ensemble reunion show.

*Joe Athon pleads for inter-agency cooperation in Kansas City's jazz district. Here's fresh footage of Athon performing at Jardine's last month.

*Project H has initiated a Kickstarter campaign.

*Pat Metheny's 1999 duet album with Jim Hall was reissued this week.

*Stephen Holden reviews Marilyn Maye's new show in New York. (Via a tweet by Steve Paul.)

*Matt Penman of the SF Jazz Collective participates in a video interview to promote the band's appearance at the Lied Center.

*Kristin Shafel reviewed Herbie Hancock's concert at Lied Center.

*The Pitch catches up with Victor & Penny.

*Another musician who once played with Charlie Parker has died.

*Here's footage of a young Polish group covering Bobby Watson's "Wheel Within a Wheel" in Austria.

*Tweet o' the Week: LesIzmoreHOD: Big Band Jazz at Harlings till 12. No cover. Midtown sh_t.

*From Jim Mair: Great jazz will fill the Performing Art Center at Kansas City Kansas Community College Monday through Thursday, Nov. 14-17. Three Big Bands will kick off a series of four concerts in four days on Monday night. All four concerts are scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and are free to the public although donations will be accepted. The schedule: MONDAY – Three big bands, the KCKCC Jazz Ensemble directed by Jim Mair; the Turner High School Jazz Ensemble directed by Mike Altenbernd; and the Ottawa University Jazz Ensemble directed by Todd Wilkinson. TUESDAY – KCKCC Jazz Combos directed by Mair and Latin Band directed by Jurge Welge. WEDNESDAY – Kansas City High School All-Star Jazz Ensemble directed by Hermon Mehari and Diverse. THURSDAY – KCKCC Vocal Jazz directed by John Stafford.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Anonymous said...

That Ink article on Hermon Mehari is excellent.

The B'Dinas said...

I've said it hear before: 18th and Vine is one of the most depressing places on Earth.

Matt Leifer said...

Man...I must be a little messed up then, because I've had many truly joyous experiences at the most depressing place on Earth. What the fuck is wrong with me?