Pharoah Sanders to be Awarded Honorary Membership to Society of American Music

Coming down from the Society of American Music listserv is news that Pharoah Sanders will be awarded the society's honorary membership for 2013.  The 2013 Society of American Music conference will be held in Sanders' hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas from March 6-10, 2013.  While the conference schedule won't be out for a few months …

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Manuel Valera’s New Cuban Express is Out Today

Dropping today is New Cuban Express, the new album from pianist and keyboard player Manuel Valera.  Featuring his working band (Yosvany Terry on alto and soprano, Tom Guarna on guitar, bassist John Benitez, drummer Eric Doob and percussionist Mauricio Herrera), New Cuban Express consists of eleven Valera originals and two covers.  Recorded just months before …

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KC Jazz/Int’l Workers Day Fans: People’s Lib Big Band & Battleship Potempkin

Attn: Kansas City jazz and/or International Workers Day fans.  The People's Liberation Big Band will perform its original music to the Soviet film Battleship Potemkin on Tuesday, May 1 (May Day) at 6:30 pm at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. The PLBB rarely performs the score along with the movie in …

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Good News (Hopefully) for the KC Jazz Scene: New Ownership at Jardines

A few weeks back the Kansas City jazz scene took a huge hit when Jardines, one of the city's most prominent jazz venues, closed its doors.  I'm not going to get into the details of what happened and what ensued in the aftermath of it closing, as there were a lot of rumors and it …

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Nonesuch to release Brad Mehldau Art of the Trio Box Set

Nonesuch recently announced they will be releasing a 7 disc box set of Brad Mehldau's complete Art of the Trio series.  It includes all five volumes (vol. 5 is two discs), with the seventh disc containing unreleased material.  It will be released on December 6, and the price on the Nonesuch website is $38 - …

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