Thursday, December 27, 2012

Best of 2012: Lori and Doug Chandler of Take Five Coffee + Bar

Posted By on Thu, Dec 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

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Before ushering in 2013, we asked members of Kansas City's music community to reflect on some of their favorite local moments of 2012. Today: Lori and Doug Chandler, owners of Take Five Coffee + Bar.

"There was no conflict between the two of us over which two experiences this year really struck us as transcendent. One was a show at the Brick on September 5 - Snuff Jazz and the Mike Dillon Band featuring Carly Meyers. We had no idea who Carly was, had never heard of her. Wow, what a wonderful freak. She just tore the room to rubble with the wacky energy and intensity of both her dancing and her trombone playing. A perfect foil for someone like Dillon."

"The other was at our place, Take Five Coffee + Bar, on August 9, with Parallax. What an amazing band Stan Kessler has put together to showcase some of his more adventurous compositions. It's Stan on trumpet, Roger Wilder on piano, Bill McKemy on bass, and both Ryan Lee and Brian Steever on drums. Ryan and Brian are two of the most talented and creative young drummers anywhere and, being close friends and roommates for years, they seem to share the same brain, tossing grooves back and forth and finishing each other's sentences musically. This night was Ryan's last in town before moving to Albuquerque to teach at New Mexico State, so everyone was especially 'on,' and the show was riveting from the first note to the last."

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