The Record Bar loses its lease after New Year’s Eve. But while we wait for a new location to be vetted, People’s Lib loses, for now, its home on the first Sunday of each month.
This night the band played the best known and most popular numbers in its eclectic library and recorded the show, presumably for a future CD release. It was a reminder of how its music is so wonderfully inventive. Sometimes outlandish but consistently accessible and fun, this is what an extraordinary collection of jazz talent can produce when given the freedom to explore.
If you missed it, below are glimpses at a few of the musicians on stage. As always, clicking on a photo should open a larger version of it.
The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City
Leader Brad Cox taking a turn on piano
Shay Estes sings
Mark Southerland on sax
Jeff Harshbarger on bass
Multi-instrumentalist Mark Cohick
Roger Wilder on piano, clearly enjoying the music
Rich Wheeler on sax
Sam Wisman on drums
When I've heard Mark Southerland before, it was on odd instruments of his own invention playing music that experimented a bit beyond what I understand and enjoy. This night he played a beautiful and powerful extended saxophone solo that won - deservedly - a standing ovation.
Brad Cox directs the People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City in the Record Bar