Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*The Project H's in-studio performance at KJHK was filmed.  (Via KC Stage Blog.)

*The nominees in the category of "Jazz Solo" in the The Pitch's 2012 Music Awards are Hermon Mehari, Mark Lowrey, Jeff Harshbarger and Matt Otto.  (The four men, incidentally, are the past four winners of Plastic Sax's Person of the Year award.)  The nominees in the category of "Jazz Ensemble" are the People's Liberation Big Band, Diverse, Snuff Jazz, Alaturka and The Project H. 

*KCUR offers a report on the American Jazz Museum's monthly "jazz poetry jams."

*After a trip to Denver, KCJazzLark concludes that Denver's jazz fans have access to superior venues but that Kansas City has better musicians.

*The Metheny Music Foundation has awarded a new round of scholarships. (Via KC Stage Blog.)

*Harry Tennant, a "charter member of the Kicks Band," has died.

*The Columbia Tribune features Murray's. (Via KC Stage Blog.)

*Tweet o' the Week: KCJazzConnxn- On @kjhk now playing @PatMetheny Unity Band and the rest of @thefollytheater and Gem Theater acts coming to #kansascity this year #kcjazz

*Comment o' the Week: Anonymous- ^ That's a stereotype. Of course it's for a reason, there's plenty of that happening. There are, though, hungry, young, original jazz musicians playing in this town who are trying to change that bullsh(*)t status quo.  It seems to me like people think it's somehow fashionable to regurgitate that tired opinion above, without peeking their head out to hear otherwise. There is jazz out there that would satisfy people, but by claiming otherwise you sound sooooo hip. "I'm in the know, I have good taste, and I like music played from the heart, not the brain." No sh(*)t, everyone does...but the best music is both. Get a grip and stop perpetuating a stereotype that is KEEPING you from hearing what you might be looking for.

*The Kansas City Jazz Calendar has been updated.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Clint Ashlock said...

Just a head's up, Tommy Johnson Sr. passed two years ago. He was an excellent player who raised an excellent son and trumpeter, Tommy Johnson, Jr., who plays regularly in Lawrence.

Happy In Bag said...

Thanks for correcting my error, Clint.