The KCJO presents in 2020-2021:
Kansas City, Here We Come!
Featuring music from Bird’s most iconic album, Charlie Parker With Strings, as well as numerous other Parker classics such as “Yardbird Suite,” “Donna Lee,” and his favorite standards such as, “What Is This Thing Called Love” and “Night and Day,” this concert will honor the musical genius of one of Kansas City’s most influential figures.
Friday, October 2nd, 2020 - 8PM, Helzberg Hall
Soulful and Swinging Holiday Favorites
Tuesday, December 8th, 2020 - 7PM, Helzberg Hall
Tunes you know and love presented in the inimitable Kansas City style. Our city’s rich heritage of blues and jazz inspires the most toe-tapping, heart-stopping renditions of “White Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and Elvis’s classic, “Blue Christmas!” Ranging from burning Basie to the deepest gutbucket slow drags, KCJO will deliver the whole spectrum this holiday season!
Friday, March 5, 2021 - 8 PM, Helzberg Hall
The Music of Mary Lou Williams
One of the greatest figures in jazz history, Mary Lou Williams was an absolute innovator and iconoclast, getting her start with Andy Kirk’s Clouds of Joy in 1929 Kansas City. Along with favorites such as “Walkin’ and Swingin’” and “Mary’s Idea,” KCJO will be playing a brand new arrangement of Mary Lou’s “Zodiac Suite,” a nearly lost suite based on each sign in the zodiac.
Boss Tom's Kansas City
The Roaring 20s
Friday, May 14th, 2021 - 8PM, Helzberg Hall
“If you want to see some sin, forget Paris. Go to Kansas City.” Edward R. Murrow’s quote reflecting on the wide open reputation of our little frontier town is brought to life as the KCJO brings to the stage some of the great tunes of the Pendergast era. Think Benny Moten, the Coon Sanders Nighthawks, Jay McShann, Count Basie, and more. This is the period when Kansas City musicians would completely alter the way music was played, and we want to revisit it with you!