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Aug

29

KC Drive-In Concert:

Basie to Bird to Bobby

Please join KCJO5, a small group from the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, as we bring some great music to you: Drive-In style! You might be aware that Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and Bobby Watson all have birthdays within a week of each other the last part of August, so we thought it’d be fun to celebrate these legendary representatives of Kansas City jazz history. Performing will be: David Chael, Clint Ashlock, Eddie Moore, Andrew Stinson, and John Kizilarmut. Please check us out LIVE on Bird’s birthday: Saturday, 8/29 at 8:00pm for this drive-in concert at at Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111. For more information, visit KCDriveInConcerts.com

Please note: Music of Bobby Watson, but not the man himself.

Sept

19

KCJO 2018

KC Drive-In Concert:

Tenor Madness

Join us Saturday, 9/19 at 7:00pm for this drive-in concert at at Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111. For more information, visit KCDriveInConcerts.com

Oct

3

KCJO 2018

KC Drive-In Concert:

Tribute to The Jazz Messengers

Join us Saturday, 10/3 at 6:00pm for this drive-in concert at at Plexpod Westport Commons, 300 E. 39th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64111. For more information, visit KCDriveInConcerts.com

Sept

13

This concert has been postponed. A reschedule date will be shared soon!

Swing one out to the heavens as we add a gospel flavor for some of the most soulful tunes of all time! Join KCJO for an evening you won't soon forget. The spirits of Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, and more will be filling Helzberg Hall as KCJO adds a gospel choir to bolster our ranks for the first time ever, not to mention dynamic keyboardist Aaron Mayfield! You won’t want to miss this historic evening of tunes that will liven up the whole congregation.

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Oct

2

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This concert has been postponed. A reschedule date will be shared soon!

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.

Bird Lives:

Celebrating 100 Years of Charlie Parker

Dec

8

Blue Christmas: 

Soulful and Swinging Holiday Favorites

This concert has been postponed. A reschedule date will be shared soon!

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’ classic, “Blue Christmas!” Ranging from burning Basie to the deepest gutbucket slow drags, KCJO will deliver the whole spectrum this holiday season!

Mar

5

Bright Star:

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. Please join us in celebrating Women in Jazz Month with the music of Mary Lou!

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May

14

Boss Tom's KC:

The Roaring 20s

“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 Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 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!

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