Listening Tip: Kansas City Suite

Rifftides reader Jay Thomas, a star of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, alerts us to a broadcast of the SRJO's concert of Benny Carter's Kansas City Suite. If you missed our Kansas City Suite concerts on March 15-16, the entire 10-movement suite will be re-broadcast over KPLU FM 88.5 on Jim Wilke's Jazz Northwest show this coming Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 PM PDT. You can also hear the broadcast online at from anywhere in the world. This was a very popular concert, so we hope you … [Read more...]

Compatible Quotes: Benny Carter

In all honesty, I think I just played what I felt was right for me. And I think I would have done the same thing, even if I'd been born later, when Charlie Parker was influencing everybody. The truth is, I never gave it much thought. I just played what I had to play. At my age, I realize that my most precious possession is time, and I've got too much unfinished work to do to spend even a minute talking about myself.       --Benny Carter, 1907-2003 … [Read more...]


Four times a year, Mr. JazzWax, Marc Myers, posts ten select items from his blogs of the previous quarter. This time, two of the ten are excerpts from the discussion he and I had about Paul Desmond. To see the winners in the JazzWax sweepstakes, click here. … [Read more...]