Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Anita Dixon of the Mutual Musicians Foundation defends recent changes at 1823 Highland in a remarkable memo published by KCJazzLark.

*A television news  segment provides footage and interviews of a tourism-related workshop held the Mutual Musicians Foundation on Monday.  Key line: "Brand USA has $200 million dollars from the federal government and tourism businesses to increase international tourism."

*The debut of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra at Helzberg Hall is highlighted in Joe Klopus' latest column.

*Stephen Steigman interviewed Karrin Allyson last week on KCUR's Up To Date.

*The Kansas City Star published reviews of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival and Pat Metheny's concert at the Folly Theater.  The Prairie Village Post recaps the suburb's jazz festival.  The Pitch interviewed Metheny.

*Tony Botello reports that Dave Stephens Band will perform at the Kill Devil Club's official grand opening on Friday, September 14.

*Marilyn Maye made an appearance on a local television program.

*The People's Liberation Big Band will perform at a "street party" following the 2012 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Awards Fellows event on October 5.

*Mike Dillon's Garage a Trois is pictured in a jazz-meets-punk piece at NPR's A Blog Supreme

*Shay Estes wrote an essay about the differences between the technical demands made on vocalists in fado and jazz.

*The Lied Center created a thirty-second spot promoting Nnenna Freelon's October 12 concert.

*Comment o' the Week: Anonymous- This is by far the best line this year up for a jazz festival in KC. Good job PV!!!

*Tweet o' the Week: KRenea- 18th & Vine is kinda rockin. Might step in the Blue Room to watch this jazz band.

*From Bill McKemy: Bill McKemy Quartet to appear at Take 5 Coffee & Bar on September 22, 8-10 p.m.  Performance will mark the 10th anniversary of McKemy's CD Duende.  Duende was McKemy’s first release as a leader after making 4 recordings with seminal Kansas City avant-garde trio Malachy Papers... The personnel for this date will include Jeffrey Ruckman, accordion & melodica, Brian Baggett, Guitar, Kent Burnham, drums and Sterling Holman – real-time interactive sampling and mix.

*From a press release: The Heartland Films, Inc. documentary “Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future” has been selected for the 2012 Kansas International Film Festival (KIFF)...  Former Kansas Citian and award-winning documentary filmmaker Sue Vicory’s jazz and blues film will screen at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, as the closing selection of the KIFF… The Thursday night event will be held at the Glenwood Arts Theatre...  KIFF and the Kansas City Women in Film & TV (KCWIFT) have partnered to make the closing night a special evening.  A party following the screening and Q&A with Sue and musicians featured in the film will be sponsored by KCWIFT.  There will be food catered by Lindsay Shannon’s B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ and a jazz and blues jam led by Hermon Mehari and his trio.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)


Gary said...

There also is a Doc Pomus documentary schedule at KIFF that I'm really interested in catching.

Happy In Bag said...

Based solely on the trailer, the Pomus documentary looks magnificent. Thanks for the tip, Gary.

Anonymous said...

Note to Jazz Festivals....don't EVER skimp on sound. Not today, not tomorrow, not never.

Anonymous said...

I couldn't tell how the sound was out front of the stage at the PVJF, so no complaints there.

Whatever organizers paid for the sound though, it was too much. I'm not basing this on the quality, rather the fact that they showed up 2 hours late for morning sound checks.

I don't care how it sounded, if your business has reputation enough to get hired for a large jazz festival, how can you possibly be so unprofessional?

Whether performing, providing sound or bussing tables at some restaurant, you don't show up 2 hours late and keep your job. Period.