Friday, August 17, 2012
Kansas City's Jazz Rebels
Exactly when did jazz become polite? The music would benefit from a hint of hooliganism. That's why a rough video capturing a brash display by a Kansas City rhythm section at the 2012 Jazz Education Network conference in Kentucky delighted me. "They wouldn't let us play," the clip's introduction suggests. "So we waited 'til they finished breaking down the stage and went at it 'til 5 a.m." Pianist Andrew Ouellette, bassist Dominique Sanders and drummer Ryan Lee are captured tearing through John Coltrane's "Impressions." I'm pretty sure that's Brian Steever fronting on Lee and Josh Williams stepping up after Floridian Rane Roatta's solo at 3:53. The person holding the camera talks about the facility's displeased staff. Sure enough, the musicians are forced to cease as the clip closes.