Join us for a relaxing hour at the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library for a listening session on Latin jazz, a beautiful synthesis of two strong musical traditions. Listening Parties are FREE and open to the public!
From the caliente mambos of the Caribbean to the sublime bossas of Brazil, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra is taking a trip south of the border to play exciting big band renditions of some of the greatest tunes the world has ever heard! Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Joao Gilberto, Antonio Carlos Jobim and more will be represented in one of the most exciting, sensual, and memorable concerts we’ve ever done!
Join the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for a celebration of the centennial of Charlie Parker’s birth. Joined by dynamic saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, David Valdez, and legendary Kansas City saxophonist Bobby Watson, KCJO will perform music from Bird’s most iconic album, Bird with Strings, as well as numerous other Charlie Parker tunes. A benefit in support of the mission of the KCJO, this concert will honor the musical genius of one of Kansas City’s most influential musicians.
Celebrating 100 Years of Charlie Parker
Jazz and Gospel: Merging Traditions
Join us for a relaxing hour at the Central branch of the Kansas City Public Library as we listen to and discuss music from these two individual traditions that share common traits and historical context. Listening Parties are FREE and open to the public! 12:00-1:00pm
Swing one out to the heavens as we close our season by adding a gospel flavor for some of the most soulful tunes of all time! KCJO will be joined by jazz giant Sean Jones for an evening you won't soon forget. The spirits of Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and more will be filling Helzberg as KCJO adds a choir to bolster our ranks for the first time ever! You won’t want to miss this historic evening of tunes that will liven up the whole congregation.