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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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FREE - $15

JUNE IS AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH

June 1 - June 30
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSIC APPRECIATION MONTH African-American Music Appreciation Month is a celebration for African American Music every year in the month of June in the United States. It was originally started as Black Music Month by President Jimmy Carter, who on June 7, 1979, decreed that June would be the month of black music. Since then, presidents have announced to Americans to celebrate Black Music Month. For each year of his term, President Barack Obama has announced the observance under…

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July 2015
FREE - $15

JULY COMMEMORATES THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

July 1 - July 31
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of…

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Lester “Duck” Warner

July 2 @ 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 – Funk Fest

July 3 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Funk Fest” 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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STEVE CARDENAS TRIO

July 3 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About Steve Cardenas Guitarist Steve Cardenas began his musical career in Kansas City and has been an integral part of the New York City jazz community since 1995. Steve has performed and recorded with many well-known and highly esteemed musicians. Notably, he was a longstanding member of the Paul Motian Electric Bebop Band (which later became the Paul Motian Octet), the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra, as well asJoey Baron‘s band, Killer Joey. Steve is currently a member of the…

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HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY – CLOSED

July 4
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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ABOUT THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of…

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POETIC NOTES: NeoSoul Lounge with Jason Betts

July 5 @ 6:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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SUNDAY, JULY 5 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…

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$5 - $10

ARC Label Week in the Blue Room

July 6 - July 11
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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BUY TICKETS ADMISSION: $5.00 on Monday and Thursday; $10.00 on Friday and Saturday ORDER BY PHONE @BOX OFFICE 816-474-6262 & BUY NOW @TICKETMASTER *Tickets Onsale/Presale Date: 23-Apr-2015 10:00 CDT Monday, July 6 7PM SHOW – ALYSSA MURRAY TRIO (AM TRIO) 9PM SHOW – MICHAEL PAGAN BIG BAND Thursday, July 9 7PM SHOW – SONS OF BRASIL 9PM SHOW – ROGER WILDER QUINTET Friday, July 10 8PM SHOW – CHRIS HAZELTON TRIO 10PM SHOW – BRANDON MEZZELO TRIPTET Saturday, July 11…

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TWO SHOWS - $5

ARC Week DOUBLE BILL – Alyssa Murray Trio (7pm) | Michael Pagán Big Band (9pm)

July 6 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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In partnership with the American Jazz Museum, recording artists from the Kansas City based label, Artists Recording Collective LLC will be featured in The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum this entire week! DAY/DATE: MONDAY, JULY 6, 2015 VENUE: BLUE ROOM ADMISSION: $5.00 TICKETS: 816-474-6262 & TICKETMASTER – – – ARTIST DOUBLE BILL! 7PM – ALYSSA MURRAY TRIO 9PM – MICHAEL PAGÁN BIG BAND 7PM CONCERT features Alyssa Murray Trio (AM Trio) ALYSSA MURRAY (AM TRIO) BIO: The AM…

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TWO SHOWS - $5

ARC Week DOUBLE BILL – Sons of Brasil (7pm) | Roger Wilder Quintet (9pm)

July 9 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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In partnership with the American Jazz Museum, recording artists from the Kansas City based label, Artists Recording Collective LLC will be featured in The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum this entire week! DAY/DATE: MONDAY, JULY 9, 2015 VENUE: BLUE ROOM ADMISSION: $5.00 TICKETS: 816-474-6262 & TICKETMASTER – – – ARTIST DOUBLE BILL! 7PM – SONS OF BRASIL 9PM – ROGER WILDER QUINTET 7PM CONCERT features Sons of Brasil SONS OF BRASIL BIO: Who would imagine that a group…

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Indigo Hour – BMW

July 10 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“BMW” 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 down,…

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TWO SHOWS $10

ARC Week DOUBLE BILL – Chris Hazelton Trio (8pm) | Brandon Mezzelo Triptet (10pm)

July 10 @ 8:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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In partnership with the American Jazz Museum, recording artists from the Kansas City based label, Artists Recording Collective LLC will be featured in The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum this entire week! DAY/DATE: FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015 VENUE: BLUE ROOM ADMISSION: $10.00 TICKETS: 816-474-6262 & TICKETMASTER – – – ARTIST DOUBLE BILL! 8PM – CHRIS HAZELTON TRIO 10PM – BRANDON MEZZELO TRIPTET 8PM CONCERT features Chris Hazelton Trio CHRIS HAZELTON BIO: The first time Chris ever saw a…

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TWO SHOWS $10

ARC Week DOUBLE BILL – Marcus Hampton Sextet with Kathleen Holeman (8pm) | ARC Founders Quintet feat. Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay, & Chris Burnett (10pm)

July 11 @ 8:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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In partnership with the American Jazz Museum, recording artists from the Kansas City based label, Artists Recording Collective LLC will be featured in The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum this entire week! DAY/DATE: SATURDAY, JULY 11, 2015 VENUE: BLUE ROOM ADMISSION: $10.00 TICKETS: 816-474-6262 & TICKETMASTER – – – ARTIST DOUBLE BILL! 8PM – MARCUS HAMPTON SEXTET (with Kathleen Holeman) 10PM – ARC FOUNDERS QUINTET featuring Sumi Tonooka, Erica Lindsay and Chris Burnett   8PM CONCERT features Marcus…

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Jam Session – Matt Hopper

July 13 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About Matt Hopper … Matt Hopper is a jazz guitarist based in Kansas City. He started playing at age 12 and began to study privately at 17. His first teacher was the great guitarist Danny Embrey. He would also later study with another great guitarist, Rod Fleeman. Matt Hopper is a 2005 graduate of the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied under Professor Bobby Watson. While studying at UMKC, Hopper was able to work…

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MAX BERRY

July 16 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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About Max Berry Max Berry’s 45 years in the music business have cemented his reputation as one of the most knowledgeable music industry gurus in the Midwest. A highly respected producer, award-winning songwriter, guitarist, bassist and vocalist, Berry’s attention to detail in every aspect of a project and his refined production techniques have been honed from years of experience in and out of the studio. After devoting much of his career to playing around the country with some of the…

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Lady D

July 17 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Lady D 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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$10

Everette DeVan & the Wild Men of KC

July 17 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Everette DeVan, Eddie Charles 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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DARRYL WHITE | JEFF JENKINS QUARTET

July 18 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Darryl White, Jeff Jenkins About Dr. Darryl White Dr. Darryl White is associate professor of trumpet at the Glenn Korff School of Music. White’s performance experiences include a wide range of idioms. He has appeared as guest soloist with the Omaha Symphony, Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Mesa Chamber Orchestra, Grand Junction Symphony, Lake Forest Chamber Orchestra, Roaring Fork Jazz Festival, University of Nebraska Faculty Brass Quintet, the University Faculty Jazz Quartet and many other solo appearances and guest clinicians with college…

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Jam Session – Jazz Disciples

July 20 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Gerald Dunn, Everette Freeman, Michael Warren, DeAndre Manning” | 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 Karrin Allyson are among…

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Heat Index

July 23 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Come join us and hear fellow AJM team members (David Parsley, Al Pearson – Board of Directors; Greg Carroll – CEO). About Heat Index David Parsley Born in Los Angeles, David grew up playing in r’n’b 
and latin-fusion bands primarily in the East Los Angeles area. David’s 
groups were managed for many years by Kasey Casem, and he toured 
extensively throughout the US and Canada. At one time or another his 
bands shared a stage with such artists as Issac…

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Indigo Hour – Gray Matter

July 24 @ 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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$10

James Ward Band

July 24 @ 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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$15

IDA McBETH

July 25 @ 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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Louis Neal Big Band

July 27 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“LOUIS NEAL BIG BAND” featuring Louis Neal and great Kansas City jazz artists like: Charles Perkins, Gerald Dunn, Jason Goudeau About … Louis Neal Big Band The Louis Neal Big Band plays traditional big band music as well as contemporary hits. Comprised of five saxes, four trumpets, four trombones, and a rhythm section, this big band puts one in the mindset of Duke Ellington or Count Basie. The band was formed in the mid 1990s and consists of Kansas City’s…

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Latin Jazz All-Stars

July 30 @ 7:00 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Latin Jazz All Stars” | The Kansas City Latin Jazz All-Stars, is a collaborative project of musicians with long standing presence and impact in contemporary Afro-Latin American music in Kansas City & the Midwest. Led by Pablo Sanhueza and co-sponsored by the American Jazz Museum, Missouri Arts Council, Kansas City Young Audiences, and the Esoke Cultural Center. The KC Latin All-Stars delivers Afro Latin American music and dance under the influence of funk, jazz, and r&b. About the Latin Jazz…

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Indigo Hour – Just A Taste A Jazz

July 31 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Just A Taste A Jazz” is Ricky Dotson, Bobby Adams & Dewey Rucker. 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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Tyrone Clark Quartet

July 31 @ 8:30 pm
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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“Tyrone Clark Quartet” About Tyrone Clark In a musical career spanning nearly 40 years, Tyrone Clark, born in Chicago, has played professionally since he was eighteen. Although adept in a variety of musical genres, Clark’s concept and interpretation of playing is stylistically best described as rooted in the Kansas City jazz tradition. Described by a fellow musician, Clark is one of the few who impeccably delivers that style. He is a “full” bassist and always right there – “just when…

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August 2015

2015 CHARLIE PARKER CELEBRATION

August 20 - August 29
Blue Room,
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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PROGRAMMING SEGMENT #1 – PERFORMANCE: Charlie Parker Celebration Performance Showcase Schedule – August 20 thru 29 THURSDAY – AUGUST 20 o BLUE ROOM FRIDAY – AUGUST 21 o TAKE FIVE COFFEE + BAR o PIROPOS SATURDAY – AUGUST 22 o BROADWAY JAZZ CLUB o 12 BALTIMORE (@HOTEL PHILLIPS) SUNDAY – AUGUST 23 o GREEN LADY LOUNGE o THE SHIP MONDAY – AUGUST 24 o CHAZ ON THE PLAZA (@THE RAPHAEL) o THE PHOENIX TUESDAY – AUGUST 25 o JAZZ –…

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December 2015
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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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