The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Celebrating the Past &

Embracing the Future


2020-2021 Season

Bird Lives
Celebrating 100 Years of Charlie Parker
Friday, October 2, 2020, 8:00pm
Featuring music from Bird’s most iconic album, Charlie Parker With Strings, and numerous other Parker classics, this concert will honor one of Kansas City’s most influential musical figures.​
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Bright Star
The Music of Mary Lou Williams
Friday, March 5, 2021, 8:00pm
One of the greatest figures in jazz history, Mary Lou Williams was an absolute innovator and iconoclast. Join us for an arrangement of her “Zodiac Suite,” a nearly lost suite based on each sign in the zodiac. 
Blue Christmas
Soulful and Swinging Holiday Favorites
Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 7:00pm
Tunes you know and love presented in the inimitable Kansas City style. Ranging from burning Basie to the deepest gutbucket slow drags, KCJO will deliver the whole spectrum this holiday season!
Boss Tom's Kansas City
The Roaring 20s
Friday, May 14, 2021, 8:00pm
“If you want to see some sin, forget Paris. Go to Kansas City.” Edward R. Murrow’s quote is brought to life as the KCJO brings to the stage some of the great tunes of the Pendergast era.


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Bird Lives: Celebrating

100 Years of Charlie Parker


Original Date: Sat, Apr 4, 8:00pm

Folly Theater

New Date: Fri, Oct 2, 8:00pm

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center


Hallelujah, I Love Her So!


Original Date: Fri, May 1, 8:00pm

Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center

New Date: Sun, Sept 13, 2:00pm

Muriel Kauffman Theater,

Kauffman Center



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