Some views from “America: Now and Here”

I want to recap a show that opened last month here in Kansas City.  Well, more event than show, at least for my involvement and observation.  “America: Now and Here” ran at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the Crossroads over the course of May.  The project was conceived and spearheaded by artist Eric Fischl.  The prescribed... Continue Reading →

REVIEW in Kansas City Star: Karrin Allyson at the Folly Theatre

I reviewed singer/pianist Karrin Allyson for the final performance of the 2010/2011 Folly Jazz Series for the Kansas City Star.  She performed a number of pieces from her latest album, 'Round Midnight, with an amazing band: Rod Fleeman (guitar), Steve Nelson (vibes), Gerald Spaits (bass), and Matt Wilson (drums).

REVIEW in KCMetropolis: Joe Lovano & Us Five

Filling the historic Folly Theatre with brilliant riffs and prolonged melodic concepts, Joe Lovano and Us Five were the latest installment for the Folly Jazz Series. Lovano has a heady, esoteric style of building sound, but his eclectic background meant Saturday’s performance was interspersed with Latin, swing, and bebop influences, allowing for accessible moments throughout... Continue Reading →

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