Wednesday MidDay Medley
TEN to NOON Wednesdays – Streaming at KKFI.org
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Produced and Hosted by Mark Manning
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
IVØRY BLACK + Spinning Tree Theatre’s Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill + The Annual Charlie Parker Celebration
Mark plays more New & MidCoastal Releases from: Amado Espinoza, The Conquerors, Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear, IVØRY BLACK, The Architects, the Fade, of Montreal, Creative Adult, Corinne Bailey Rae, Manu Chao, Beach House, Billie Holiday, and Charlie Parker.
At 10:30 Mark talks with Nedra Dixon who plays Billie Holiday, in Spinning Tree Theatre’s, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” currently running Wednesday through Sundays, through August 28, at The Living Room Theatre, 1818 McGee, KCMO. Broadway veteran and KC based actress, Nedra Dixon portrays Billie Holiday in 1959, towards the end of her life, in one of her final appearances, with heartbreaking stories interwoven with many of Lady Day’s most beloved songs including, “Strange Fruit.” “God Bless The Child,” and “What a Little Moonlight Can Do.” More info at http://www.spinningtreetheatre.com
At 11:00 Singer, songwriter, rock & roller, IVØRY BLACK returns to play live on the show. IVØRY BLACK was born in 1986 in Peoria Illinois. Given up for adopted at the age of four, it was difficult to find trust in people after living with eight different foster families, before running away at 15, moving from Indiana to Oklahoma and eventually ending up in Seattle. In 2011, after a friend sent a plane ticket, Ivory landed in the Kansas City area, and has became a part of new family. Over the past two years Ivory has performed for Middle of the Map Fest, UMKC, and multiple singer-songwriter showcases. IVØRY BLACK’s debut EP, Ready Get Set was released on June 23, 2015. IVØRY is playing the Crossroads Music Fest, September 10. IVØRY BLACK will play Davey’s Uptown 3402 Main St, August 20, with American Slim, and The Fade.
At 11:30 we’ll talk with representatives this year’s Charlie Parker Celebration at the American Jazz Museum commemorating the 96th anniversary of the birth of legendary jazz great Charlie Parker. The series of events begins with a presentation by Dr. Ron McCurdy, professor of music at the prestigious Thornton School of Music at USC and former director of the Thelonious Monk Institute, who speaks on The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the American Jazz Museum, 1616 E 18 St., KCMO. That evening will also include the unveiling of a new exhibit about Bird’s formative years in Kansas City, A Musician in the Making: Charlie Parker in Kansas City, 1920-42. More information at http://www.americanjazzmuseum.org.
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