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Jazz Town | Gem posts a Jammin’ season
American Jazz Museum schedules Corea, Burton, Elling and Monterey stars.
BY JOE KLOPUS
A few more features of the jazz season ahead are popping up on the horizon, with the American Jazz Museum unveiling its Jammin’ at the Gem list. These concerts will make a good roster of area offerings even better. They are:
• Chick Corea and Gary Burton with the Harlem String Quartet, Sept. 29. Something interesting always seems to happen when pianist Corea and vibraphonist Burton get together — their collaborations spanning almost 40 years have included some of their most memorable work, and that’s saying something. The presence of a string quartet offers even more possibilities.
• Kurt Elling, Feb. 16, 2013: Here’s a singer who pushes back at the “crooner” model at every opportunity. He brings his ever-expanding music, his words and his wonderful band back to town.
• Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, March 23: Bassist Christian McBride is the leader of this aggregation, which also includes singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, tenor saxophonist Chris Potter, pianist Benny Green and drummer Lewis Nash. It’ll be fun to see all these strong personalities working together.
• Eric Harland and Voyager, April 20: Drummer Harland is one of the go-to guys for many of the best, including Joshua Redman and the SFJazz Collective. In this band, he stretches his wings as leader. The group reportedly features some other young giants, including pianist Taylor Eigsti, tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III, guitarist Julian Lage and bassist Harish Raghavan.
• Alex Bugnon, May 18: The smooth-jazz offering of the season is keyboardist/composer Bugnon, whose joyous grooves made him perhaps the first Swiss musician to win a Soul Train Music Award. He’s bringing a rising-star guest, the trumpeter Cindy Bradley.
In case you didn’t know already, the shows are at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. Call 816-474-6262 or visit americanjazzmuseum.org. - - - ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY STAR - Read more here
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Dedicated on March 27, 1999, Charlie Parker Memorial was commissioned by the City of Kansas City, Missouri, with public funds provided by the city and private funds from the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation and Tony and Marti Oppenheimer.
Charlie Parker Memorial consists of a bronze head likeness of Charlie Parker measuring 10 feet in height, mounted on 8 feet high base. On the base, etched in letters are words "BIRD LIVES."
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