UNESCO Creative City KC honored Marcus Lewis with the 2020 American Music International Innovator Award. The organization cites Lewis’ “leadership and creativity in musical composition, as a creative director for the Marcus Lewis Big Band and for his original compositions fusing the big band jazz tradition of Kansas City with the latest and greatest hip hop from Kemet and Kadesh Flow with Brass and Boujee.”
*A television news reporter previews today’s city council deliberations about the allocation of $7,000,000 additional dollars to the Jazz District. Tony Botello objects to the prospect of additional government funding for “a doomed district wherein gunfire echoes through the streets far more loudly than jazz.”
*Todd Strait drums on pianist Randy Porter’s new album Porter Plays Frishberg.
*Tweet o’ the Week: Mayor Q- I am deeply disappointed that a festive day ended again in tragedy in my home district at 18th & Vine. Long after establishments had closed, gunfire rang out. We'll pursue every option available to ensure residents and businesses in the area can be safe. (link)
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)