Kansas City has had a long and storied place in jazz history. From Count Basie
, to Charlie Parker
and Lester Young
, some of the best and brightest in the genre have either been raised or cut their teeth in K.C. While there seems to be an historical tinge to the city whenever its contribution to jazz is concerned, the Paris of the Plains still produces many top-notch instrumentalist and vocalists from its clubs, high schools and universities. With such a storied past, and love of all things jazz, it's no wonder that players like Danny Embry, Karrin Allyson
and guitarist Steve Cardenas continue to grow out of the city's musical soil.
Cardenas' playing mixes the lyrical simplicity of his Midwestern roots with the hustle and bustle of the New York scene, the city he now calls home. Having made a name for himself as the consummate sideman, sharing the stage with Marc Johnson
, John Patitucci
, Charlie Haden
, Norah Jones
and Paul Motian
, to name a just few, Cardenas has also released three excellent albums under his own name, including 2010's West of Middle
AAJ Contributor Matthew Warnock spoke with Cardenas as he returned from a gig in Moscow, and the guitarist sheds a little light on Russian audiences, in addition to his new album and approach to playing.
Check out Steve Cardenas: From K.C. to N.Y.C. at AAJ today!