Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Sometime jazz venue The Marquee will be shuttered in favor of an indeterminate lounge with a "'Jazz Age' atmosphere" according to reports in the Kansas City Business Journal and the Kansas City Star.  (Initial tip via KCJazzLark.)

*The Magic Jazz Fairy makes an angry encore at the site of KCJazzLark.  (As the curator of the Kansas City Jazz Calendar, I share the fairy's frustration.)

*The Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival is afforded a 24-minute preview by KCUR's Central Standard.

*Pat Metheny explains how he put his new band together.  (Tip via Pat Metheny News.)

*A premium Mary Lou Williams performance video was recently uploaded to YouTube.

*Libby Hanssen documents a romantic jazz-related moment at the RecordBar.

*Herb Reed, a founding member of the pop vocal ground the Platters, has died.  He was born in Kansas City in 1928.

*Potential conflict alert- Norah Jones' concert at the Midland Theater and the American Jazz Museum's Rhythm & Ribs Festival fall on October 13.

*St. Louis Jazz Notes reports that the 2012-13 season of Jazz St. Louis includes performances by Sonny Rollins, the Bad Plus, John Scofield, Christian Scott, the Chris Potter Trio and Lionel Loueke.

*Tweet o' the Week: AviWisnia- #roadtrip scoping Bill Clinton's sax at The American Jazz Museum - Kansas City, MO with @Twanbomb (photo)

*Comment o' the Week: Anonymous- PS(:) Much love and respect for RecordBar continuing a Sunday jazz series which I've never seen well attended, yet exists in the spirit of providing an outlet for challenging music.  Some venues recognize art for art's sake and are willing to back it. RecordBar is one of those venues.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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