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June 2015

PERFORMANCE: BLUE ROOM CALENDAR

June 1, 2015 - January 31, 2017
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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PAPERLESS CALENDAR: BOOKMARK OUR SITE AND DOWNLOAD OUR APPS Mobile Apps     About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the…

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August 2015
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Neo-Soul Lounge with Jason Betts

August 2 @ 6:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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o NeoSoul Lounge w/ Jason Betts About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in…

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Talent Show, Louis Neal Big Band

August 2 @ 6:00 pm
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The American Jazz Walk of Fame proudly presents the 2015 FREE Summer Sunday concerts. The festival like, fresh air events at the Jay McShann Pavilion, will present to all the opportunity to enjoy a host of live music spectacles. Every Sunday evening from 6-9pm in July and August, the North side of the museums on 18th and Vine will be converted into an open-air entertainment center. **ARTISTS** Neo Soul Lounge hosted by Jason Betts Louis Neal Big Band Talent Show…

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Jam Session – Everette DeVan

August 3 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About Everette DeVan Everette DeVan grew up in Pueblo, Colorado where he attended the Colorado Conservatory of Music. He came to Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 18 and has made this his home ever since. Everette DeVan and his Hammond B-3 organ have been a mainstay in the Kansas City jazz scene for many years…and there is a reason for that. His soulful and sinful riffs, combined with rich chords and sensuous bass lines, have entranced audiences from…

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Lester “Duck” Warner

August 6 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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featuring …“Lester (Duck) Warner” About Lester Warner Lester Warner, affectionately known as “Duck,” is a quiet, soft-spoken man who transforms himself into a spectacular entertainer when he takes the stage. His voice is a rich baritone with a beautifull full falsetto that has been compared to Nat “King” Cole. He is a gifted instrumentalist who plays trumpet, flugelhorn and trombone. Duck has headlined Japan’s first International Jazz Festival, Kansas City’s Spirit Festival, and The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival.…

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Indigo Hour – Just A Taste A Jazz

August 7 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Just A Taste A Jazz” About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an…

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Joe Cartwright

August 7 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About Joe Cartwright “One of the brightest stars in the Kansas City Jazz firmament” says Dr. Chuck Berg of JazzTimes Magazine. Pianist Joe Cartwright has lived, performed and taught in the Kansas City area for the last thirty years. He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music. Cartwright leads his own duo, trio and quartet, and is currently musical director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show 12th Street Jump. Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings.…

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Jazz Disciples with Lisa Henry & Special Guest guitarist Sterling Gray

August 8 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Gerald Dunn, Everette Freeman, DeAndre Manning, Michael Warren, Lisa Henry, Sterling Grey” | Gerald Dunn and various editions of The Jazz Disciples are a mainstay on the regional jazz scene. Dunn, the entertainment director for Kansas City’s American Jazz Museum, has earned and maintained a spot as one of the city’s premiere saxophonists. Dunn has toured and played with the world-renowned Illinois Jacquet’s Big Band based in New York. Kansas City artists like Oleta Adams, Kevin Mahogany, Bobby Watson and…

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Gospel on the Vine – Talent Show, Charlotte Embrey & Soigné

August 9 @ 6:00 pm
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The American Jazz Walk of Fame proudly presents the 2015 FREE Summer Sunday concerts. The festival like, fresh air events at the Jay McShann Pavilion, will present to all the opportunity to enjoy a host of live music spectacles. Every Sunday evening from 6-9pm in July and August, the North side of the museums on 18th and Vine will be converted into an open-air entertainment center. **ARTISTS** Gospel on the Vine – Talent Show, Charlotte Embrey & Soigné Bring blankets,…

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Jam Session – Tyree Johnson & Group 101

August 10 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Tyree Johnson, CEO of Groove 101 Productions, is a full-time KC musician, drumming for 14 years. He has worked with nationally recognized poet, Glenn North, Krizz Kaliko (see video below), Everette Freeman, DeAndre Manning, Eddie Moore, Dominique Sanders, Josh Williams and many others … About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted…

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Gerald Spaits/Charles Perkins Quartet

August 13 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Charles Perkins’ alto sax has soared since standing out in the 1980s’ New Breed Orchestra. Whether quoting, note for note, a Charlie Parker solo or rapidly weaving in and out of his own smartly conceived, complex lines, Perkins has always been worth seeking out. Then there’s Gerald Spaits, a musician whom other musicians seek out. You might find the versatile bassist backing Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson or the Trumpet Summit, or filling in with the People’s Liberation Big Band. Thursday…

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Indigo Hour – BMW

August 14 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Christopher Clarke, Kenny Golver About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate…

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Everette DeVan w/Sharon Thompson

August 14 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Everette DeVan, Sharon Thompson About Everette DeVan Everette DeVan grew up in Pueblo, Colorado where he attended the Colorado Conservatory of Music. He came to Kansas City, Missouri at the age of 18 and has made this his home ever since. Everette DeVan and his Hammond B-3 organ have been a mainstay in the Kansas City jazz scene for many years…and there is a reason for that. His soulful and sinful riffs, combined with rich chords and sensuous bass lines,…

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Ida McBeth

August 15 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About Ida McBeth … There’s a quiet storm in Kansas City. And it swirls around the captivating, elegant, mystifying and delightful music of singer Ida McBeth. Ida’s musical style is so unique that it is hard to classify. Over the years, her repertoire has included pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards. Critics have described her as “a jazz singer,” “a blues singer,” “a pop singer” and “a cabaret singer.” Still others have…

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Talent Show, Platinum Express

August 16 @ 6:00 pm
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The American Jazz Walk of Fame proudly presents the 2015 FREE Summer Sunday concerts. The festival like, fresh air events at the Jay McShann Pavilion, will present to all the opportunity to enjoy a host of live music spectacles. Every Sunday evening from 6-9pm in July and August, the North side of the museums on 18th and Vine will be converted into an open-air entertainment center. **ARTISTS** Talent Show, Platinum Express Bring blankets, law chairs, dancing shoes, an attitude of…

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Jam Session – Dwayne Mitchell

August 17 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Jam Session – Dwayne Mitchell About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an…

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2015 CHARLIE PARKER CELEBRATION

August 20 - August 29
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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[17 CITY-WIDE EVENTS – August 20-29, 2015] o Brian Johnston, 2015 Chair – – – [EVENT #1] Thursday, Aug 20 o Blue Room (Shades of Jade – 7:00 pm) – – – [EVENT #2] Bird Lives! DATE: Opens Thursday – August 20th LOCATION: American Jazz Museum, Permanent Exhibition COST: Regular Museum Admission Curated by Jess Rezac and Rachel Marshall, this exhibition will be an extension of the existing Charlie Parker Permanent Exhibition section at the American Jazz Museum and will…

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Shades of Jade

August 20 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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featuring … “Linnaia McKenzie, Desmond Mason, Perry DjStix Holliday, Justin McCoy, Josh Williams, Derek Greenwood, Dominique Sanders” – Infusing specific elements of jazz, hip hop, pop, and rock into contagious soulful grooves with spurts of raw emotion that evoke the human experience. Artistic Vision … Live, Intensity driven, Chill phased jazz band that plays the popular tunes of today. Infusing specific elements of jazz, hip hop, pop, and rock into contagious soulful grooves with spurts of raw emotion that evoke…

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Indigo Hour – The Band Oasis

August 21 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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The Band Oasis About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate setting.…

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James Ward Band

August 21 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“James Ward, Angela Ward” | The James Ward Band (The JWB) is a Contemporary Jazz/Smooth Jazz Band, whose show consists of a combination of Latin, R&B, Fusion, Funk, Jazz, and Gospel. The JWB was formed January of 1997 at The Blue Room located on 18th and Vine in Kansas City, MO. JWB Recordings On May 12, 2007, they released their debut album entitled “In Perspective”, which debuted on the Smooth Jazz Indie Charts at #42 and quickly soared to the…

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David Basse – Joe Cartwright Septet

August 22 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About The Septet… David Basse – Joe Cartwright Septet Blue Room – August 22 8:30PM Kansas City is in the midst of a cultural renaissance. For the first time in years, young musicians are making their way to Kansas City for an education, to experience a happening scene and to perhaps stay in KC and sample the nightlife of jazz. Vocalist David Basse and pianist Joe Cartwright have been at the forefront of the KC jazz community for over 20…

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Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle

August 23 @ 6:00 pm
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The American Jazz Walk of Fame proudly presents the 2015 FREE Summer Sunday concerts. The festival like, fresh air events at the Jay McShann Pavilion, will present to all the opportunity to enjoy a host of live music spectacles. Every Sunday evening from 6-9pm in July and August, the North side of the museums on 18th and Vine will be converted into an open-air entertainment center. **ARTISTS** Eddie Moore & The Outer Circle Bring blankets, law chairs, dancing shoes, an…

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Jam Session – Bill McKemy

August 24 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Bill McKemy, Clint Ashlock, Rich Wheeler, Eddie Moore and Brian Steever” | Bill McKemy is a Kansas City based musician and composer who has performed or recorded across North America with a number of prominent figures on the contemporary jazz scene including: Grammy winners/nominees Randy Brecker, Karrin Allyson, Maceo Parker and John Abercrombie, Gold record award winner Pablo Batista and many others including Benny Green, Gregory Hutchinson, Sam Dockery, Khan Jamal, and Bobby Durham. McKemy has released three solo CDs…

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Makuza

August 27 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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NEW AFRO-LATIN MUSIC FROM THE MIDWEST. MAKUZA DELIVERS A PULSATING PERFORMANCE OF AFRO LATIN AMERICAN MUSIC; SALSA, MERENGUE, CUMBIA, JAZZ AND AFRO POP, ARE SOME OF THE MOST RECOGNIZABLE STYLES YOU WILL HEAR DURING THEIR HIGH ENERGY SETS. LED BY PABLO SANHUEZA, A CHILEAN BORN PERCUSSIONIST AND EDUCATOR WITH RESIDENCE IN KANSAS CITY SINCE 2003. MAKUZA FEATURES A NEW GENERATION OF MUSICIANS FROM LATIN AMERICA, THE CARIBBEAN, AND THE UNITED SATES. 2012 IS A PROMISING YEAR AS THE BAND CONTINUES…

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Indigo Hour – Gray Matter

August 28 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Gray Matter About the Blue Room Named after the famed 1930s Street Hotel club in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District, the Blue Room simultaneously honors the past and showcases the present names in jazz. A multifaceted exhibit highlighting the countless musicians who crafted “Kansas City jazz,” a sound known all over the world, the Blue Room also provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate setting. Come…

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Montez Coleman Quartet

August 28 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Montez Coleman | “When Montez Coleman is on stage playing drums, he radiates an infectious enthusiasm for the music that’s impossible to miss. And when the band synch’s into slinky, irresistible groove – usually featuring Coleman’s energetic, in-the-pocket drumming – that’s when he lets loose with a huge grin that inspires smiles in the audience as well as his fellow musicians.” – By Terry Perkins, special to the Beacon MORE ABOUT MONTEZ COLEMAN Montez Coleman, a native of East Saint…

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Happy Birthday Charlie Parker – Bob Bowman and Bowdog featuring Clay Jenkins

August 29 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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ABOUT… Bob Bowman learned to play the piano and clarinet before beginning bass lessons at age 12. He quickly became an award-winning performer. He won a scholarship to the Stan Kenton Jazz Clinic as a high school freshman, followed by study at North Texas State University. In 1976, he joined the famous Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, touring and recording several albums, including the Grammy award-winning “Live at Munich.” Bob continued his performing and recording career by joining the Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew…

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Talent Show, KC Sunday Singing Preaching

August 30 @ 6:00 pm
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The American Jazz Walk of Fame proudly presents the 2015 FREE Summer Sunday concerts. The festival like, fresh air events at the Jay McShann Pavilion, will present to all the opportunity to enjoy a host of live music spectacles. Every Sunday evening from 6-9pm in July and August, the North side of the museums on 18th and Vine will be converted into an open-air entertainment center. **ARTISTS** Talent Show, KC Sunday Singing Preaching Bring blankets, law chairs, dancing shoes, an…

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New Jazz Order Big Band

August 31 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
CLINT-ASHLOCK

“Clint Ashlock” Review: New Jazz Order at Jazz Winterlude “This is jazz,” Clint Ashlock told a reverent audience of approximately 125 Thursday at Polsky Theater. “It’s OK- you can talk.” Ashlock was attempting to loosen up the crowd at the opening event of the Jazz Winterlude festival. I’m glad he failed. I’ve seen his New Jazz Order big band several times at Harling’s. The dingy midtown bar attracts oblivious, obnoxious talkers. (I’m guilty as charged.) Thursday’s concert, consequently, was the…

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December 2015
$35

2015 / 2016 JAMMIN’ AT THE GEM SEASON – DIGITAL BROCHURE

December 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Tickets are on sale NOW at the AJM Box Office in person, by telephone at 816.474.6262 or at any Ticketmaster outlet (including ticketmaster.com). 1. DECEMBER 12, 2015 – CHRISTMAS SEASON CONCERT: JULIAN VAUGHN 6’7” lead bass player from Kansas City, Julian Vaughn laid down a strong statement with his self-released debut entitled “The Purpose Project” in 2010, one that garnered the attention of radio and in turn the attention of record companies clamoring to sink their claws into his dynamic…

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*Please note this calendar contains events from multiple organizations, including the American Jazz Museum.