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Past Events: KC Jazz Club

  • KC Jazz Club: An Evening with Delfeayo Marsalis

    Fri., Mar. 12, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    A multiple Grammy Award winner as a producer, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis "solos with authority, inserting musical quotes spontaneously as the mood takes him in different directions" (All About Jazz).

  • KC Jazz Club: Carl Allen–Rodney Whitaker Project

    Sat., Feb. 27, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    Drummer Carl Allen and bassist Rodney Whitaker "present straightahead jazz with a great deal of composure…sharp, snappy, and expressive jazz" (DownBeat).

  • KC Jazz Club: Jonathan Batiste Quintet

    Fri., Feb. 26, 2010
    2009-2010 Season
    With his unique voice on piano and dapper sense of style, Jonathan Batiste "has already been turning heads as an up-and-coming pianist with an ebullient style" (The New York Times).

  • KC Jazz Club: Stefon Harris and Blackout

    Sat., Nov. 14, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Grammy Award-nominated vibraphonist-composer Stefon Harris is heralded as "one of the most important young artists in jazz" (Los Angeles Times). He brings his band Blackout back to the KC Jazz Club.

  • KC Jazz Club: Jon Irabagon Group featuring Victor Lewis

    Fri., Oct. 30, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon has played with such musical luminaries as Billy Joel, Wynton Marsalis, Bright Eyes, Frank Wess, and Lou Reed.

  • KC Jazz Club: Michael Wolff Trio with special guest Steve Wilson

    Sat., Oct. 24, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Pianist/composer Michael Wolff, "one of the most innovative and dynamic pianists of his generation" (JazzTimes), brings his trio--bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Victor Jones--and special guest saxophonist Steve Wilson to the KC Jazz Club.

  • KC Jazz Club: Giacomo Gates and Trio

    Fri., Oct. 23, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Baritone Giacomo Gates is "a singer who combines the mellow conversational elegance of a crooner with the hipster outlook of a bebop scat and vocalese singer" (Newark Star-Ledger).

  • KC Jazz Club: An Evening with Christian Scott

    Sat., Oct. 3, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    Considered one of the brightest new jazz stars, 22-year-old Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott was named one of the "Top Ten to Watch in 2006."

  • KC Jazz Club: Melissa Walker Group featuring Christian McBride and Clarence Penn

    Fri., Sep. 25, 2009
    2009-2010 Season
    With her rich, multi-octave vocal textures and impeccable phrasing, Melissa Walker has been lauded by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for her "range and flexibility," rating her as "one of the best voices in jazz."

  • KC Jazz Club: Roger Kellaway: Tribute to Oscar Peterson

    Sat., May 9, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Roger Kellaway "is a rare pianist with the technical command and historical knowledge to recreate a portion of Oscar Peterson's ‘power, clarity, musicality, and will to swing,' all while sounding like himself" (JazzTimes).

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Ambrose Akinmusire

    Fri., May 8, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Winner of the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition, Ambrose Akinmusire performs music that works its "way under the skin, delivering a tickle one moment and an electric jolt the next" (Variety).

  • KC Jazz Club: John Clayton and Gerald Clayton: Father and Son

    Sat., May 2, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    Three-time Grammy-nominated bassist John Clayton's talents are consistently in demand. His son, pianist Gerald performs with an "Oscar Peterson–like style, highly controlled touch and dynamics and rhapsodic, episodic soloing" (The New York Times).

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Marc Cary and the Focus Trio

    Fri., May 1, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    As cool and collected as they come, pianist/composer and DC native Marc Cary has been ranked by DownBeat Magazine as one of the four "most multi-dimensional" keyboard players on the scene today.

  • KC Jazz Club: René Marie: Voice of My Beautiful Country

    Sat., Mar. 28, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    MAXJAZZ recording artist and Kennedy Center favorite René Marie has been called "a jazz singer with the talent, the imagination, and the sheer presence to be included in the very top level of performers" by the Los Angeles Times.

  • KC Jazz Club: Edmar Castaneda Trio

    Fri., Mar. 27, 2009
    2008-2009 Season
    "A jazz harpist of imposing talent" (The New York Times), Colombian-born Edmar Castaneda has turned the New York jazz scene on its ear, transforming the harp into a percussive lead instrument.

  • KC Jazz Club: Frank Wess Quintet

    Fri., Nov. 21, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Flutist, saxophonist, NEA Jazz Master, and Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend Frank Wess has been praised by the Washington Post for his "soulful lyricism" and "great artistry."

  • Discovery Artist in the KC Jazz Club: Dan Tepfer

    Fri., Nov. 14, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Critics have called New York-based pianist/composer Dan Tepfer "brilliant" (Boston Globe) and "one of tomorrow's jazz stars" (Eugene Weekly). He was recently named the 2007 Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz of the American Pianists Association.

  • KC Jazz Club: Javon Jackson with Les McCann: Swiss Movement Revisited

    Sat., Nov. 8, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Saxophonist Javon Jackson and pianist Les McCann come together to perform in a concert that revisits McCann's 1969 hit album Swiss Movement, recently re-released by Rhino/Atlantic.

  • Allan Harris: Cross That River: Cry of the Thunderbird

    Fri., Oct. 24, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Allan Harris returns to the Center with selections from his newly released CD, Cry of the Thunderbird, the next installment in his Cross That River trilogy.

  • Terri Lyne Carrington Quintet

    Sat., Oct. 18, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    A world-renowned drummer, composer, and producer, Terri Lyne Carrington is no stranger to the spotlight, having been a mainstay in the industry for more than 20 years.

  • Steve Wilson and Wilsonian's Grain

    Fri., Oct. 17, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Described as "a riveting improviser" by Jim Macnie of the Village Voice, saxophonist Steve Wilson is "among the best New York jazz has to offer" (The New York Times).

  • Grady Tate

    Sat., Oct. 4, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    With his classic warm and mellow baritone, Grady Tate has twice been nominated for the Best Male Vocalist Grammy Award.

  • Jeremy Pelt Quintet

    Fri., Oct. 3, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has been lauded for his tone, which "strikes a warm balance between brightness and suffusion" (All About Jazz), and has been voted Rising Star on the trumpet five years in a row by DownBeat Magazine.

  • Kevin Mahogany's Kansas City Revue

    Fri., Sep. 26, 2008
    2008-2009 Season
    Award-winning vocalist and Kansas City native Kevin Mahogany presents his Kansas City Revue with the Godfathers of Groove and vocalist Kathy Kosins, moving through R&B, boogie woogie, blues, and jazz.

  • Winard Harper

    Fri., Mar. 21, 2008
    2007-2008 Season
    Longtime Billy Taylor Trio drummer Winard Harper is "one of the hardest working drummers in jazz today" who is "also a formidable band leader backed by a group of talented young players" (All About Jazz).

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