Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes
*"I like jazz but I didn't really like performing it," Krystle Warren tells the Australian. "That's why I left Kansas City." The full story is here. (Registration required.)
*A Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kansas is doing research on a project titled “Weird Bodily Noises: Race, Gender, and Alternative Jazz History in Kansas City”.
*Pat Metheny won the Grammy award for, ahem, Best New Age Album for What's It All About at Sunday's ceremony.
*KCJazzLark misses Jardine's.
*Whither Jardine's? Hearne Christopher provides another update.
*The Star provides a review of Roy Ayers' concert at the Gem Theater.
*KCTV offers a report on the status of the John Baker film collection at the American Jazz Museum.
*The new incarnation of the Black House Improvisors' Collective will be a full-on big band.
*The Prairie Village Jazz Festival has a new chairman.
*"He's one of the most intense people you will ever meet," George Colligan notes in his appreciation of frequent Kansas City performer Rob Scheps.
*A new three-song EP by funk/jazz/techno/jam act Mouth is streaming at Soundcloud.
*Robert Trussell curates a fine playlist of Kansas City jazz and blues clips at YouTube.
*Libby Hanssen recalls a People's Liberation Big Band's performance of John Cage's "4'33"."
*Jacob Fred Odyssey will issue a series of demos and remixes from Plastic Sax's #1 album of 2011.
*Miles Bonny provides a neo-soul valentine.
*Here's an update on St. Louis' new blues museum.
*Tweet o' the Week: NextOnTCM- The jazz band's leader gets mixed up with gangster in '20s Kansas City. #TCM
*Plastic Sax Comment o' the Week: tjjazzpiano- Listen to any of the Bill Evans' Trio live records (especially the 1960 Birdland Sessions). Those audience members weren't exactly whispering behind the performance of arguably one the greatest piano trios ever. I'm not saying I don't despise the noise too, but it certainly isn't a recent epidemic.
*From the Kauffman Center For the Performing Arts: The GRAMMY Museum's Music Revolution Project, a new education initiative developed by The GRAMMY Museum has been announced by Bob Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum... Scheduled to debut as a pilot program in Kansas City, Mo. in June 2012, The GRAMMY Museum's Music Revolution Project will offer talented youth the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance with other peers from across the country, spurring innovative ideas within the realm of American music. Read the entire press release here.
(Original image of the Will Matthews Quartet performing at Jazz Winterlude by Plastic Sax.)