Happy In Bag

Friday, July 13, 2007

Beyond the Fence










Plentiful free summer concerts are one of the Kansas City area's finest traditions. I fondly recall the Sunday evening jazz concert series sponsored by Kansas City, MO. It exposed me to Stan Getz, Pat Metheny and Phil Woods. Jazz pianist Sir Roland Hanna made an impression on me at a free show at Crown Center. The legacy continues in Olathe tonight, later this summer at Crown Center and on a smaller scale in communities throughout the metropolis. A new twist has been added to the concept this summer. It's possible to sit beyond the fences at many of the area's ticketed outdoor shows to hear- if not see- popular concerts.

3 Comments:

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger Bruce said…

    That was a great series. The ones down in Brush Creek when it was just a little cement ditch, right? I vividly remember Gary Burton, Asleep at the Wheel, Dexter Gordon at some park up north--even Count Basie at Crown Center. I'm grateful to my hip brother-in-law for taking me to so many of them.

     
  • At 3:55 PM, Blogger Happy In Bag said…

    That's right, Bruce. There'd usually be a little trickle of rancid water in the center gutter, but otherwise the ditch was dry. I must have missed Dexter Gordon, but I did see those Basie, Burton (more than once?) and Asleep At the Wheel shows. I also recall seeing Jeff Lorber at Line Creek Park back when jazz fusion was a big deal.

     
  • At 4:29 PM, Blogger Bruce said…

    Line Creek Park, that's the one!

     

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