chatted with Mike Shanin on KCPT’s Ruckus.
*Five musicians representing the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra performed in an episode of Star Sessions.
*“Light/Dark”, a selection from a forthcoming album by Kansas City Area Youth Jazz, is available for purchase.
*The Chicago organ trio the Soul Message Band will perform at Black Dolphin on March 15.
*Giovanni Russonello reviewed Karrin Allyson’s Shoulder to Shoulder album for Downbeat.
*Mary Lou Williams is remembered by a radio station in Seattle.
*From a press release: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will accept a donation of four iconic artifacts related to the life and legacy of jazz legend Lester Willis Young (Aug. 27, 1909–March 15, 1959) during a concert by the museum’s big band orchestra-in-residence, the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra on Feb. 22. Lester Young Jr. will present the museum with his father’s three surviving instruments: a Conn-manufactured saxophone, a tenor saxophone made by Dolnet and a clarinet by H. Bettoney, as well as a signature porkpie hat that defined Young’s style and swagger.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)