Thursday, July 26, 2012

Now's the Time: Jazz in the Weeds

I laughed out loud the first time I read the name of the Jazz in the Weeds festival.  Event organizers are presumably spoofing the nearly jazz-free but incredibly popular Jazz in the Woods festival.  The prospect of paying ten dollars to sit in a field while sweating like the owner of a Kansas City jazz club, however, isn't nearly as amusing.  Even so, I'm tempted by the lineup on Saturday, July 28.  It includes Killer Strayhorn (who provide the music for the embedded noirish video), the Michael Pagán Quartet, the Moon City Big Band and OJT.    

Edit: A musician performing Saturday at Jazz in the Weeds objected to the tone and content of this preview. He urged me to post a brief clip of the James Ward Band's set at last weekend's event. He also suggests that "(b)y 530 pm everyone is in the shade."

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