Veteran drummer Eliot Zigmund follows the beat of his jazz heart

In his first 15 years as a professional drummer Eliot Zigmund experienced the commercial side of music. He was busy in the studios of New York, but all the while, his heart was in jazz. So Zigmund, who’s coming to Kansas City for a string of gigs next month, made a career adjustment — and he has been true to jazz ever since.

Ellen DeGeneres loves Kansas City rapper Mac Lethal

After a long weekend of Kansas teams getting edged out of the NCAA Tournament, Mac Lethal delivered a hometown win Monday. The Kansas City rapper walked across the stage on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” hands in the air, smile on his face, and it was hard not feel victorious.

Rock band the Mowgli’s covers babies’ bottoms

The Mowgli’s, an indie rock band fronted by Kansas City native Colin Dieden, entertained a crowd with a pop-up concert Wednesday at the J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain in Mill Creek Park. After the show, the band posed for pictures with fans and collected donations for HappyBottoms, which provides diapers for needy families.

An all-star bill brings Newport jazz to Kansas City

Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival has made lots of history in its 60 tumultuous years, but somehow it rolls on and is still a vital force. That’s something to celebrate. So the presenters have sent an all-star package of Newport artists on the road. The “Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60” tour is coming to the Gem Theater on Saturday.

Woody Guthrie’s great American voice gets a new home in Tulsa

A nuanced and multidimensional portrait of Woody Guthrie, and a celebration of his art and influence, can be found in a new center in Tulsa. To listen to contemporary singer/songwriters, all roads lead to Guthrie. To listen to Nora Guthrie, his daughter, the road from the Woody Guthrie Center extends in all directions.

Review: Eldar returns with own compositions

Eldar Djangirov, the room-filling pianist, returned to Kansas City Sunday for a multi-night run at Jardine’s and took no time at all to endear himself to a loyal crowd. In the first set, the onetime prodigy showed off the full range of his talents, as a formidable performer and now an emerging composer.

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On the way: Anthony Hamilton, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ted Nugent, the Piano Guys, George Thorogood