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KC Soundcheck: Deborah Brown and Bobby Watson


May 16th, 2024

In their decades-long careers, vocalist Deborah Brown and saxophonist Bobby Watson have lived and performed around the world, but have settled down in Kansas City. They'll perform this weekend with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.


The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Aims To Help Young Musicians Make A Cool Genre Hot Again


February 24th, 2023

Jazz and Kansas City have been linked for more than half a century, but some say the art form has lost its luster over time — especially with young listeners. That’s why the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra embraces education and performance to raise the next generation of musicians...


(Re)Taking the Stage

KC Studio

September 4th, 2020

...when The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra had the recent opportunity to take the bandstand at the drive-in concert series at Plexpod in Midtown (, for a parking lot full of folks, the five bandmembers felt both the weight of the moment as well as the freedom of it. Saxophonist ...


Christmas Kansas City Style

KC Arts Beat

December 11th, 2019

Christmas was given a distinctly Kansas City twist last night when the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra conducted by Clint Ashlock presented “All Star Holidays” in Helzberg Hall. Evoking the jam session culture of 1930s Kansas City jazz, three guest artists sat in with the band: trombonist Jason Goudeau, vocalist Molly Hammer and multi-talented phenom...


Benny Golson, Holding Court for Jazz

JAM Magazine

December/January 2019/2020

In October, two exciting Kansas City Jazz Orchestra events brought a much-needed focus to middle and high school jazz education. Internationally recognized saxophonist, composer and spokesperson for jazz, Benny Golson held a large Blue Room audience in rapt attention, as he personally reviewed and critiqued..

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Mary Lou Williams Took Kansas City Music To The Stars, And A Jazz Band Brings Her Back


August 24th, 2018

Mary Lou Williams only spent a dozen years in Kansas City during its first jazz heyday, but this is where she solidified her professional reputation, gaining the respect of leaders in the field. KCJO performs Mary Lou Williams' "Zodiac Suite," Sun,...

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