Kansas City was represented Sunday night during Bruce Springsteen's 12-minute set. In the horn section: Mark Pender, native Kansas Citian and member of the Miami Horns and Max Weinberg 7.
Also behind the trumpet: Curt Ramm, 1975 graduate of Shawnee Mission West. Ramm also played in the Sessions Band on the "Live in Dublin" recording.
Allaudin Ottinger of our local cosmic-jazz ensemble the Black Crack Revue remembers this about Ramm:
"We were in ninth grade and in the Broadmoor Junior High jazz band. It was 1972, I think. We played at the Wichita Jazz Festival. Pat Metheny was there. He was like 17 or 18.Gary Burton was backstage. His quartet played. And Cannonball Adderley was backstage, too. So we were standing around in our flag shirts and white pants in the middle of all these great musicians. ... BCR came out of all that energy."
More trivia: Ottinger recalls that another member of that ensemble was Marshall Zieman, older brother of the publisher of The Star. (Thanks for the brownie points.)
| Timothy Finn, The Star