i went to a kansas city institution tonight, and it was fabulous. guided by my all-knowing coworker and joined by two others, we went to hear jazz pianist bram wijnands play his signature stride piano at the majestic in their intimate supper club basement. the food (kc strip, best steak there is) and music and atmosphere were great, if at times a little loud. we followed this up with a drive through the power & light district. i had not yet seen everything in full swing, and it really is nice, though it is creating hard times for the classics like the majestic. unfortunately, this city isn’t quite large enough to support it all (especially in these times) and apparently new and shiny is taking the cake right now. hopefully people will continue to support these institutions and the artists that they support, or we’ll lose a lot of great kansas city tradition, music, and culture. so if you come to kc, are in kc, or live nearby, go to hear some of our local musicians at the places they call home – you won’t regret it.