Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*An intriguing event titled Ben Webster: From Kansas City To Copenhagen is scheduled for Friday, September 15.

*Steve Kraske spoke with Karrin Allyson on KCUR's Up To Date.  And Chuck Berg reviewed Karrin Allyson's concert Sunday at the Topeka Jazz Workshop.

*KC Jazz Lark provides a behind-the-scenes wrap-up of the Prairie Village Jazz Festival.

*Pat Metheny announced a new addition to the Unity Band project this week.

*Joe Dimino interviewed Dallas' Laura Ainsworth for Neon Jazz.

*Tweet o' the Week: Paige Miller- The Green Lady Lounge downtown is literally the coolest place I've been. #jazz #fancy

*From UMKC: Buttonwood Art Space is pleased to be the host for the upcoming UMKC Friends of the Conservatory Happy Hour! Please be our guest to meet, greet, eat and learn about the Conservatory!  Featuring performances by UMKC Jazz Studies Students.  Dean Peter Witte: UMKC programs, the Friends of the Conservatory, Crescendo and the 2013-14 concert season at Buttonwood Art Space.  3013 Main St....  Tuesday, September 24, 6p – 8p.

*From Rob Scheps: Saxophonist Rob Scheps, Special Guest with The Mark Lowrey Trio at one of KC's hippest new venues.  Friday, September 27.  9 PM - 12 midnight.  Green Lady Lounge.

*From Calabro Music: Todd Clouser w/ Jeff Harshbarger Trio.  Art rock troubadour Todd Clouser is on a world tour, stopping in Kansas City to debut his new album, Man With No Country. The Minneapolis-bred, Berklee-schooled, Mexico City-resident Clouser comes with an engaging collection of original songs and daring guitar work, having performed with John Medeski, Cyro Baptista and Keb Mo, and toured through the Americas and much of western Europe. Echoes of the Beat generation and Hendrix color Clouser's bold vision of art in sound. The Record Bar, Thursday, October 3.  Tickets: $7.

*From Take Five Coffee: This week: Hold On To Your Hats.  Friday, September 20, 8pm to 10pm:  KC Trumpet Summit CD Release Party!  Come scale the heights with three of Kansas City's post powerful, admired and beloved trumpet players: Mike Metheny, Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari. They've been everywhere, they've played everything, they're going further, and they're taking us with them. This is a tour de force ensemble with Gerald Spaits (bass), Brian Steever (drums) and TJ Martley (keys), enthusiastic sherpas to guide the expedition. Pick up their new CD for just $5. Get in early if you want a seat. No reservations accepted for this special engagement. $10 cover.  Saturday, September 21, 8pm to 10pm:  Rich Wheeler Quartet.  Fearless Rich Wheeler, one of Kansas City's most ferocious (yet whimsical) tenor saxophone artists is back at Take Five Saturday. Joining him in spinning up an evening of unchained postmodern madness will be TJ Martley on keys, Ben Leifer on bass and Brian Steever on drums, cymbals and brooms. $5 cover.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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