Sunday, July 1, 2018

Down(beat) and Out

Kansas City’s jazz scene doesn’t fare well in Downbeat’s 66th Annual Critics Poll.  Four artists received votes in the instrumentalist categories: Bobby Watson (12th place, alto saxophone), Pat Metheny (13th place, guitar, and 16th place, miscellaneous instruments), Logan Richardson (6th place, rising star- alto saxophone) and Mike Dillon (2nd place, rising star- vibraphone).  The late Bob Brookmeyer took 10th place on the Hall of Fame ballot.  No albums by Kansas City musicians are among the 104 releases receiving votes, nor is there any mention of notables including Peter Schlamb, Hermon Mehari, Marilyn Maye, Julian Vaughn, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Matt Otto or Deborah Brown.  What gives?

(Original image by Plastic Sax.)

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