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3 Reasons We're Listening To Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7 This Week


For two years now, Chris Hazelton’s septet Boogaloo7 has performed every Friday at the Green Lady Lounge. This Friday, they release a record documenting the sound of that residency.

3 reasons we're listening to Chris Hazelton's Boogalo 7 this week:

1. Hazelton, 31, a soul-jazz organist based in Kansas City, was mentored by the elder statesman Everette DeVan.

2. The Boogaloo 7 consists of Chris Hazelton (Hammond B-3 organ), Nick Howell (trumpet), Nick Rowland (alto and tenor saxophones), Brett Jackson (baritone saxophone), Matt Hopper (guitar), Danny Rojas (drums) and Pat Conway (congas).

3. As I note in this week's review of Soul Jazz Fridays, the live instrumental album is an electrifying jolt of joy, filled with impeccably soulful grooves.

Chris Hazelton's Boogaloo 7 releases Soul Jazz Fridays on Friday, November 25 at the Green Lady Lounge. Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri, 64108; 816-215-2954.

Bill Brownlee’s writing appears weekly in The Kansas City Star and Ink magazine. He blogs about Kansas City’s jazz scene at Plastic Sax.

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