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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.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at plasticsax.com.
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