Folly jazz series: New York voices with the kansas city jazz orchestra
Friday, October 14, 8:00 p.m.
The Folly Theater
Join the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, along with the New York Voices as we kick off the 41st Folly Jazz Series!
About New York Voices: “It’s certainly not something that occurred to us when we were thinking about starting a band in 1988,” says Darmon Meader, musical director and tenor singer of New York Voices, about the seminal vocal ensemble’s 30th anniversary. “But the band has a momentum of its own—it has a life now.” Indeed, that momentum and life force has a firm grip on Meader and his bandmates, baritone Peter Eldridge and dual sopranos Lauren Kinhan and Kim Nazarian. Each has a separate and busy career of his or her own, working as a soloist and educator in the jazz vocal world, but each makes New York Voices their top priority.
battle of the big bands
with Hanover big band (Germany)
Friday, October 21, 8:00 p.m.
Yardley Hall, Midwest Trust Center
Celebrate the reunion of Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Hanover Big Band with their return to Kansas City for another joyful collaboration, and join us for a thrilling display of jazz virtuosity in this battle of the big bands!
About Hanover Big Band: The Hanover Big Band incorporates all styles of big band jazz. Their joy in playing always reaches the hearts and legs of their audience. The soloistic freedom of the arrangements showcases the charisma and excellence of their musicians. Their repertoire includes original arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, as well as contemporary compositions and arrangements.