Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Confirmation: Weekly News & Notes

*Joe Klopus' column includes a preview of the return of Bobby Watson's Horizon to the Blue Room on Friday and a notification about the benefit for Everette DeVan at the Broadway Jazz Club on Monday.  The Pitch also recommends Watson's gig.

*Here's the trailer for a documentary about the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

*KC Jazz Lark posted his photos of the second day of January's Jazz Winterlude festival.

*Tweet o' the Week: Nonesuch Records- @PatMetheny Unity Group's "Kin (←→)" Debuts at #1 on @Billboard Jazz Chart (link) (photo)

*Comment o' the Week: Cb- The Najee event did indeed sell out @520 people. That's two in a row - sell outs (Poncho Sanchez in September and Najee in February) for Jammin' at the Gem series concerts. We are going for three in a row with the Newport all-star concert that includes Karrin Allyson among the luminaries featured (see latest JAM cover)… Najee is more a musician than an artist who is branding the smooth jazz lifestyle. The cat can flat out play with most anybody in jazz…

*From a press release: The Vivacious Vocals of Lori Tucker performing with Tim Whitmer & The Consort Band, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7 p.m., Unity Temple on the Plaza. Lori Tucker is a versatile vocalist and entrepreneur.  Lori’s expressive vocals have enabled her to hold long-term engagements in many of Kansas City’s finest venues. In addition to Rhythm & Blues, Jazz and Blues she’s also widely recognized in the Gospel arena...

*From Broadway Jazz Club via Dionne Jeroue: Kansas City renowned keyboardist Everette DeVan had a stroke this past week and there will be a benefit to help with expenses at the Broadway Jazz Club on Monday, February 24, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.  Hosting the benefit will be Dionne Jeroue and her band and co-host Eboni Fondren.  Performing: 7-8 p.m.- Dionne Jeroue, featuring Ryan Howard, Danny Rojas, Matt Hopper, Ian Corbett.  8-9 p.m.- "Mama" Ray featuring Allen Monroe, Don Glaza, Jay Eudaly, Kent Means, Monte Musa. 9-10 p.m.- Chris Hazelton. 10-11 p.m.- Mark Lowrey.  Special guests: Mille Edwards, Lori Tucker, Eboni Fondren, Kelley Gant, Molly Hammer, Shay Estes, Misha Roberts, J Love, Dave Rizer, Eddie Charles, Monique Danielle, Miguel DeLeon, Jay Rogers, Myles Gorham, Rod Fleeman, Kim Sivils, Ryan Thielman, Alex Abramowitz, Dewey Rucker, Paul Gomez, Clint Dodson, David Basse, Craig Smith, Lawrence Jackson, Butch Smith, Christy Meinhardt, Havilah Brewer, B. Scott Nelson, Greg Meise, Tim Whitmer.

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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