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Kenny Washington – a personal reflection

Conversationally, he was most engaging and charismatic – a baby-faced authentic New York character who drew me into what became an ongoing sphere of influence, within a few seconds.

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Great Jazz Communities Inherently Have Great Jazz Infrastructures

By Christopher Burnett It was dark when we crossed the blue bridge over the Missouri River and pulled into the City of Leavenworth, officially known as “The First City of Kansas” and also hometown to such music industry luminaries as Melissa Etheridge and the phenomenal LA-based woodwind artist Gary Foster. I am a native of […]

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Lee Morgan: Completing the Lighthouse

The Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, California, still in existence, practically rivals New York’s Village Vanguard in terms of historic live jazz albums to have issued from its bandstand.

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BIRD AND THE BLUES

I already know what I want for Christmas, “Charlie Parker: The Mercury & Clef 10-Inch LP Collection.”

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Tate Berry

Tate Berry is currently a student enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He’s a Jazz Studies major in the conservatory of music and a Business major in the Bloch School there. Tate plays woodwinds, primarily saxophones, and also composes music.

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My first gig in NYC

Less than a year later when I began playing with Betty Carter, this was something she addressed to me – being able to put aside all else that’s on your mind during a show and to simply serve the music. Learning to tap into that place, and the self-observation entailed, is a lifelong waking meditation for a performing artist.

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Could Live Jazz Learn From Professional Sports Teams in 2020?

(Yes, but exclude the recorded crowd noise during games.) Professional sports like football and major league baseball offer modern infrastructures for presenting products to all audiences.

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Stanley Lawrence Crouch (December 14, 1945 – September 16, 2020)

In his work there was a certain adamant refusal to sign on with and regurgitate what everyone else was saying. For better or worse.

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COMMENTARY 2020: Charlie Parker Centennial

Charlie “Bird” Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas in 1920 and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri – his artistic innovations would ultimately lead him to worldwide musical acclaim. This undisputed and universal acknowledgement as an innovator and musical genius continues to the present. QUOTE “A father of bebop, he has continued to influence generations […]