Jazz music just doesn't connect with our nation's youth like R. Kelly and T-Pain. The Simpsons succinctly explained this phenomenon with the show's famous parody of Bill Cosby: Ya see, the kids, they listen to the rap music, which gives them the brain damage. With their hippin' and their hoppin' and their bippin' and their boppin' ... so they don't know what the jazz is all about! The Lied Center at the University of Kansas (1600 Stewart Drive in Lawrence, 785-864-2787) is doing its part to slow the atrophy by hosting a series titled Stolen Moments: The First One Hundred Years of Jazz. Today's 7:30 p.m. performance by the Metta Quintet, one of New York City's fresh, young jazz ensembles, includes a short documentary film and a multimedia presentation about the origins and evolution of jazz. Tickets cost $18-$24 for adults and $12 for students and children ages 18 and younger.
Fri., Jan. 16, 7:30 p.m., 2009