Virtual Concert and Fundraiser

Featuring Mary Lou Williams's Zodiac Suite

Thursday, May 6, 6:00-7:30pm

The spectacular genius of Mary Lou Williams - a composer, band leader, and instrumentalist during the foundational era of jazz in Kansas City - has been an incalculable influence on the development of the genre. Mary Lou, in the company of greats like Benny Moten, Count Basie, and Charlie Parker, has helped put a pin in the map to mark our midwestern city as the only UNESCO City of Music in the United States.


Join the musicians of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for an engaging virtual experience featuring one of Mary Lou’s most iconic pieces, the Zodiac Suite. Through a special arrangement of the work for KCJO by Artistic Director Clint Ashlock, this multifaceted performance will highlight members of the orchestra based on their astrological signs. Grab your favorite drink and settle in to get a taste of the brilliance of Mary Lou Williams, brought to you by your Kansas City Jazz Orchestra!

Check back soon for information about how to register to attend this free virtual event!

We hope you will consider becoming one of the stars in our constellation by making a contribution to support KCJO's continuing efforts to bring fantastic big band jazz to life through performances and educational experiences.

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