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Past Events: KC Jazz Club

  • Django Reinhardt Festival

    Nov. 16 - 17, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    For its third KC Jazz Club engagement, this exciting event features father-son guitarists and festival favorites Dorado and Samson Schmitt, as well as violinist Florin Niculescu, accordionist Ludovic Beier and bassist Brian Torff.

  • Andy Bey

    Sat., Nov. 10, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Andy Bey's "silky bass-baritone voice has become one of the finest instruments in jazz," exhibiting "an intimacy and grace that reminds people of Billy Eckstine and Nat King Cole" (International Herald Tribune).

  • Gerald Clayton

    Fri., Nov. 9, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Up-and-coming pianist Gerald Clayton plays with "huge, authoritative presence, an Oscar Peterson – like style, highly controlled touch and dynamics and rhapsodic, episodic soloing" (The New York Times).

  • John Patitucci

    Fri., Nov. 2, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    One of today's most influential musicians and composers, Grammy-winning bassist John Patitucci awes audiences "with his nimble dexterity and lucid stream of ideas" (The Washington Post).

  • Greg Osby Five

    Sat., Oct. 27, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator Greg Osby is "one of the few young musicians able to take in jazz's formidable tradition and build on it" (The Wall Street Journal).

  • Tigran Hamasyan

    Fri., Oct. 26, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Winner of the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition, Tigran Hamasyan approaches "nearly every tune as an arc, beginning in contemplation and building to a crashing fury" (The New York Times).

  • Jacky Terrasson

    Sat., Oct. 20, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    Hailed by the New York Times as "reliably brilliant," pianist Jacky Terrasson performs songs from his newest solo CD, Mirror.

  • Benny Reid

    Fri., Oct. 19, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    A fresh and potent new voice on the modern jazz scene, 26-year-old alto saxophonist Benny Reid reveals a unique compositional vision along with an abundance of chops.

  • Oliver Lake Organ Quintet

    Fri., Oct. 12, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    A 2006 Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award Winner, saxophonist Oliver Lake brings his quintet for an evening of "hearty, hard-cooking stuff, the kind that makes your feet tap and your fingers snap" (Newark Star-Ledger).

  • Allan Harris: Long Live the King: A Tribute to Nat King Cole

    Sep. 28 - 29, 2007
    2007-2008 Season
    A "velvet-voiced jazz singer, with music in his veins" (Variety), Allan Harris returns to the Center with selections from his newly released CD, a tribute to Nat King Cole recorded live in the KC Jazz Club in January 2005.

  • Wallace Roney Sextet

    Sat., Mar. 31, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    The three-time Grammy-winning trumpeter/composer leads an ensemble that blends "styles into a powerful, almost intimidating whole" (All About Jazz).

  • Takana Miyamoto Trio with special guest Russell Gunn

    Fri., Mar. 30, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    Pianist Miyamoto brings an unusual sense of storytelling to her emotional improvisations and compositions.

  • Three Tenors: James Moody, Nathan Davis, and Quamon Fowler

    Sat., Mar. 24, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    NEA Jazz Master Moody picks up his tenor sax to join fellow tenor men Davis and Fowler.

  • Robert Glasper

    Fri., Mar. 23, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    "At 26, Robert Glasper is already impressive--a gifted jazz musician with a brilliant, energetic technique and a fresh, mesmerizing sense of melody and composition" (Baltimore Sun).

  • Jason Moran and the Bandwagon

    Sat., Feb. 24, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    Down Beat critics chose Moran as the winner of Rising Star Jazz Artist, Composer, and Acoustic Piano, and the Bandwagon was awarded Rising Star Acoustic Group.

  • The Barber Brothers

    Fri., Feb. 23, 2007
    2006-2007 Season
    Twins Rahsaan (saxophone) and Roland (trombone) Barber,named after famed saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk, make their KC Jazz Club debut with music from their CD, Twinnovation.

  • Kurt Elling

    Nov. 3 - 4, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    Grammy-nominated vocalist/composer Elling is back to showcase more of his "robustly expressive vocals and exquisitely silken phrases" (The Chicago Tribune).

  • Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band featuring Jeremy Pelt

    Sat., Oct. 28, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    Exceptionally gifted bop drummer Louis Hayes was a member of alto saxophonist Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's original quintet. Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt joins the band for this special concert.

  • Lage Lund

    Fri., Oct. 27, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    Winner of the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Guitar Competition, Lund was the first guitarist ever in the Juilliard Jazz Studies program.

  • Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio featuring Peter Bernstein and Allison Miller

    Sat., Oct. 21, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    Dr. Lonnie Smith, a gifted pianist and proponent of the Hammond B3 organ, is joined by guitarist Peter Bernstein and drummer Allison Miller to perform music from Dr. Smith's latest CD, Jungle Soul, and more.

  • Kellylee Evans

    Fri., Oct. 20, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    The "charismatic" (JazzTimes) Canadian singer has a smooth style that glides through jazz, soul, and R&B. She performs music from Fight or Flight?, her latest CD.

  • Cyrus Chestnut Trio

    Sat., Oct. 14, 2006
    2006-2007 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).

  • Rufus Reid Quintet

    Fri., Oct. 13, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    One of today's premier bassists on the international jazz scene, "his luscious sound and buoyant swing can levitate an ensemble clear off the bandstand" (The New Yorker).

  • Janis Siegel: A Thousand Beautiful Things

    Sat., Oct. 7, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    This founding member of The Manhattan Transfer performs selections from her newest recording, a savory stew of pop, jazz, and Latin influences.

  • Dave Samuels and the Caribbean Jazz Project

    Sat., Sep. 30, 2006
    2006-2007 Season
    With a unique blend of jazz, salsa, and all else that originates from south of the border, the Caribbean Jazz Project creates a "singularly multicultural musical experience" (Los Angeles Times).

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