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Past Events: KC Jazz Club

  • KC Jazz Club: Grace Kelly Quintet with Special Guest Phil Woods: Man with the Hat

    Fri., Jan. 27, 2012
    2011-2012 Season
    Young saxophone phenom Grace Kelly returns to the Kennedy Center joined by her mentor, NEA Jazz Master saxophonist Phil Woods. Throughout her career, Kelly has worked with the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, and many others.

  • KC Jazz Club: Tierney Sutton Band

    Fri., Dec. 2, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Three-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton, who the New York Times calls "a true jazz spirit," returns to the KC Jazz Club for the first time in six years.

  • KC Jazz Club: Russell Malone

    Sat., Oct. 22, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    A self-taught guitarist who plays with "exceptional harmonic ingenuity and finesse" (The Washington Post), Russell Malone is well-known in the jazz world for his congenial, clever style and astounding versatility.

  • KC Jazz Club: Benny Green Trio with Special Guest Gary Smulyan: Monk's Dream: Fifty Years Fresh

    Fri., Oct. 21, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    Pianist Benny Green celebrates his first and most significant musical hero, Thelonious Monk, by joining forces with bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington, and special guest baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan.

  • KC Jazz Club: Steve Wilson: Bird with Strings

    Oct. 7 - 8, 2011
    2011-2012 Season
    "Among the best New York jazz has to offer" (The New York Times), saxophonist, bandleader, and songwriter Steve Wilson returns to the KC Jazz Club as bandleader with music from Charlie Parker's 1950 recording, Bird with Strings.

  • KC Jazz Club: Yotam Silberstein with Special Guest Roy Assaf

    Sat., May 7, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Following his star turn as guitarist in the sold-out Ella! in January 2010, Israeli phenom Yotam Silberstein returns with pianist Roy Assaf, a fellow Israeli and Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead alumnus.

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Marcus Strickland

    Fri., May 6, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Soprano and tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland was named "Rising Star, Soprano Saxophone" in DownBeat's 2008 Critics' Poll and "Best New Artist" in JazzTimes' 2006 Readers' Poll.

  • KC Jazz Club: Eldar

    Sat., Apr. 16, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Grammy-nominated pianist Eldar is well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Dave Brubeck praises him as "a genius beyond most young people I've heard."

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Ben Williams

    Fri., Apr. 15, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    D.C. native and winner of the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition, Ben Williams leads his own ensemble after wowing audiences with Stefon Harris and Blackout.

  • KC Jazz Club: Javon Jackson and Friends Celebrate Freddie Hubbard

    Fri., Apr. 8, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Saxophonist Javon Jackson returns with an all-star group of colleagues, many of whom played and recorded with the late NEA Jazz Master trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, in whose honor they will perform.

  • The Monsoon Club at the Terrace Gallery: Sunny Jain and Red Baraat

    Fri., Mar. 18, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    Performing as part of the maximum INDIA festival, Sunny Jain leads Red Baraat, a one-of-kind dhol and brass band melding Indian bhangra with funk and soca.

  • The Monsoon Club at the Terrace Gallery: Rudresh Mahanthappa and the Indo-Pak Coalition

    Fri., Mar. 11, 2011
    2010-2011 Season
    This trio transcends any preconception of Indo-jazz fusion. Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, rising tabla star Dan Weiss, and guitarist Rez Abbasi are turning heads internationally.

  • KC Jazz Club: Cyrus Chestnut

    Fri., Nov. 19, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Using gospel roots to transmit a joyful, contagious affinity to early jazz forms, the pianist reveals "an orchestral command of the keyboard and a sophisticated sense of swing" (People Magazine).

  • KC Jazz Club: Jeremy Pelt

    Fri., Nov. 12, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Voted Rising Star on the Trumpet five years in a row by DownBeat Magazine, Jeremy Pelt performs works from his new CD Men of Honor. "Mr. Pelt plays brilliantly, with warmth and depth" (The New York Times).

  • KC Jazz Club: One For All with Eric Alexander, Steve Davis, Joe Farnsworth, David Hazeltine, Jim Rotondi, & John Webber

    Sat., Nov. 6, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Named for the Jazz Messengers' last record, One for All is an "extremely talented yet ego-less sextet [that] is hardly just about soloing; the group's amazing empathy and subtleness are its strongest trump cards" (JazzTimes).

  • KC Jazz Club: Kevin Mahogany in Old, New, Borrowed, and the Blues

    Sat., Oct. 30, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    With his gift for bebop, ballads, blues, and swinging jazz, Kevin Mahogany has been called "the standout jazz vocalist of his generation" by Newsweek.

  • KC Jazz Club: Jimmy and Tootie Heath

    Fri., Oct. 29, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath and ace hard bop drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath bring brotherly love to their innovative playing across genres in this monumental reunion.

  • KC Jazz Club: Sharel Cassity Quartet with Special Guest Michael Dease

    Fri., Oct. 22, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Saxophonist Sharel Cassity, a 2006 alumnus of Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, performs regularly with the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Roy Hargrove Big Band, and the Dizzy Gillespieā„¢ All Star Sextet and Big Band. She's joined by trombonist Michael Dease.

  • KC Jazz Club: Two Skirts and A Shirt: Carla Cook, René Marie, and Allan Harris

    Oct. 15 - 16, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Three KC Jazz Club favorites--Allan Harris, Carla Cook, and René Marie--come together for two unique evenings of jazz vocals.

  • KC Jazz Club: Karen Briggs Soulchestra

    Fri., Oct. 8, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Multi-platinum selling violinist Karen Briggs brings her fire-driven soul and improvisation to the KC Jazz Club.

  • KC Jazz Club: Magos Herrera

    Fri., Sep. 24, 2010
    2010-2011 Season
    Captivating Mexico City vocalist Magos Herrera elegantly blends her classic jazz styling with Latin American melodies and rhythms in the KC Jazz Club as part of Celebrate Mexico 2010.

  • KC Jazz Club: Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio

    Sat., Mar. 27, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Renowned for her bebop mastery and for infusing traditional Japanese music into bold, original arrangements, Toshiko Akiyoshi is a pianist, composer, and bandleader with "unmistakable lyrical gifts" (The New Yorker).

  • KC Jazz Club: Shelly Berg

    Sat., Mar. 20, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    The Los Angeles Times says pianist Shelly Berg "burns hard, his fingers flying over the keyboard while his body nearly levitates off the bench, [leaving the] crowd breathless!"

  • KC Jazz Club: Maurice Brown Effect

    Fri., Mar. 19, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    When Maurice Brown, the first place winner in the 2001 National Miles Davis Trumpet Competition, "blows his trumpet, folks notice. His irrefutable energy, talent, and focus continually surprise audiences" (JazzTimes).

  • KC Jazz Club: Alison Brown

    Sat., Mar. 13, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    A musical pioneer, banjo player Alison Brown has pushed beyond bluegrass. "Like James Taylor's voice or B.B. King's guitar, Alison Brown's banjo is an instrument possessed of a unique sonic signature and an inescapable beauty" (Billboard).

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