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September 2016
$45

Jonathan Butler

September 30 @ 8:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Jonathan Butler FREE CD

The youngest of 13 children, Jonathan Butler grew up in cape Town, South Africa, ruled by apartheid and segregation. "I was born poor, but richly blessed with talent and the gift to make music," he says. "I can't dismiss where I've been or where I've come from. I'm a proud South African and I came from nothing." Butler began his singing career at age 7 releasing his first album in 1973 and winning the Best new artist Grammy in south Africa…

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October 2016

AJM Monthly Board meeting

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
18th & Vine

2016 AJM Board Meeting Schedule All board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, except in the month of August for summer vacation, beginning at 12 noon – 1:30 pm and will be held in the large conference room at the Gem Theater. The Finance Committee will meet one hour before full board meetings at 11:00 am in the small board room, unless otherwise noted. Tuesday, January 19 Tuesday, February 16 Tuesday, March 15 Tuesday, April…

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Mark Tonelli Music Entrepreneurship Workshop

October 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
KANSAS CITY, 64108 United States
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marktonelliimprovisationclass

As a musician, you spend countless hours honing your performance skills. But once you leave the practice room, how do you turn those performance skills into work? This workshop, presented by jazz guitarist and educator Mark Tonelli, will explore the tools and strategies that musicians can use to conceive of themselves as a business and translate their hard-earned performance skills into a sustainable career. Topics will include goal setting, time management, networking, wearing different hats, multiple income streams, and budgeting.…

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November 2016

AJM Monthly Board Meeting

November 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
KANSAS CITY, 64108 United States
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18th & Vine

2016 AJM Board Meeting Schedule All board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, except in the month of August for summer vacation, beginning at 12 noon – 1:30 pm and will be held in the large conference room at the Gem Theater. The Finance Committee will meet one hour before full board meetings at 11:00 am in the small board room, unless otherwise noted. Tuesday, January 19 Tuesday, February 16 Tuesday, March 15 Tuesday, April…

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$45

Bobby Watson and the American Jazz Orchestra with special guest Ernie Andrews

November 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

Kansas City’s own Bobby Watson – saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator – directs the American Jazz Orchestra, an 18-piece local big band, accompanied by legendary vocalist Ernie Andrews, in a performance featuring a medley of original works by Watson, Andrews, and Jay McShann. The concert will be recorded live. Single tickets on sale soon!

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December 2016
$45

Tim Warfield’s Jazzy Christmas

December 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

Veteran saxophonist Tim Warfield delivers a unique holiday treat with Jazzy Christmas, a selection of familiar songs with a heavy contemporary flavor employing sophisticated improvisation with boppish flair that transforms such seasonal tunes as “Let It Snow,” “Joy to the World,” and “Silent Night” into music that could easily be part of any playlist throughout the year. Featuring Nicholas Payton, Stefon Harris, Cyrus Chestnut, Rodney Whitaker, Clarence Penn and Joanna Pascale, this performance takes a selection of well-known traditional Christmas…

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AJM Monthly Board Meeting

December 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
KANSAS CITY, 64108 United States
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18th & Vine

2016 AJM Board Meeting Schedule All board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of each month, except in the month of August for summer vacation, beginning at 12 noon – 1:30 pm and will be held in the large conference room at the Gem Theater. The Finance Committee will meet one hour before full board meetings at 11:00 am in the small board room, unless otherwise noted. Tuesday, January 19 Tuesday, February 16 Tuesday, March 15 Tuesday, April…

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January 2017
$45

MLK Celebration with NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis

January 14, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

NEA Jazz Master and three-time GRAMMY® Award winning pianist Ramsey Lewis has been an iconic leader in the contemporary jazz movement for more than 50 years. He brings the sound of the Chicago jazz scene to this special concert commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Perhaps best known for his career-defining ‘Sun Goddess” album released in 1974, Lewis was also the long-time disc jockey of the nationally-broadcast Legends of Jazz radio program as well as…

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February 2017
$45

Valentine’s Day Celebration with Pieces of a Dream

February 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

Pianist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon, two of the original three members of the Pieces of a Dream trio that emerged out of Philadelphia’s music scene in 1976, define the essence of smooth jazz. With such albums as “Love’s Silhouette” and “Pillow Talk” to their credit, Pieces of a Dream will present a concert that sets the stage for a head start to this year’s Valentine’s Day. Single tickets on sale soon!

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March 2017
$45

Women in Jazz Celebration with Dianne Reeves

March 25, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

Dianne Reeves, a four-time GRAMMY ® winner considered one of the preeminent female jazz vocalist s in the world, headlines this year’s celebration of Women in Jazz. With a repertoire that ranges from jazz to soul and include R&B, Latin, and pop, Reeves “has one of the most powerful, purposeful, and accurate voices of this or any time,” according to Wynton Marsalis. Reeves has recorded extensively with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and was the first creative chair for jazz…

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April 2017
$45

Celebrating National Jazz Appreciation Month with Jack DeJohnette Trio

April 22, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Gem Theater,
1615 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States

Celebrate National Jazz Appreciation Month with NEA Jazz Master and GRAMMY® winner Jack DeJohnette, one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. In a career that spans five decades, DeJohnette has collaborated with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Keith Jarrett, Chet Baker, George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Joe Henderson, Freddy Hubbard, and Betty Carter. Along…

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