Bob James Jazz Festival: Full day of jazz in Marshall

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Democrat-News staff

Saturday, May 18, was day full of jazz, art and fun for Marshall residents during the second day of the third annual Bob James Jazz Festival. The day started with Marshall-native Bob James teaching of a master class where he talked to attendees about his techniques, the music industry and his roughly 50-year career as a renowned jazz artist. A jazz clinic, taught by Marshall High School alumnus Clarence Smith, director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz group, followed the master class. Mike Henderson, also a Marshall-native, hosted a reception at for his abstract paintings art show called "Reflections," hosted at Missouri Valley College's Morris Art Gallery. Henderson, who performed a blues concert the night before, spoke about the inspiration for his paintings and relived memories with many old friends and relatives who came to visit him during the reception. The day ended with "The Jazz Night" where several local bands performed different styles of jazz, closing with a performance by James and the D.J. Sweeney Quartet. At the end of the concert, James called Henderson to the stage for a last song, in which the two of them -- accompanied by Henderson's band -- performed the blues song, "The highway is Like a woman." Read our coverage of the Bob James Jazz Festival: In historic performance, Henderson, James close jazz fest on a high note Mike 'the blues professor' Henderson kicks off Bob James Jazz festival... Bob James Jazz Festival: James leads intimate Master Class 'A family reunion' | Large turnout at MVC's Morris Gallery for Mike Henderson's art show reception