2016 “Jammin’ at the Gem” performance series season presented another great line up of talent. Tickets are on sale 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:
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 young talent. With a recently released recording, he will bring his electrifying Christmas Show to the Jammin’ at the Gem performance series.
Also see – JulianVaughnMusic.com
2. FEBRUARY 13, 2016 – VALENTINE’S CONCERT:
With his aptly-titled SILVER SOUL 2014 CD release, saxophone superstar Kim Waters celebrates his 25th year as a recording artist. SILVER SOUL is Kim’s 20 solo album and follows 16 Top 10 and 14 #1 singles, 4 #1 CDs and many millions of album unit sales. “The man can play….he continues to add a sense of sensibility to the smooth-jazz airwaves.” states Jazziz Magazine. And, The Washington Post says, “Kim Waters has a flair for composing seductive melodies. He is like a romantic pied piper out on a long evening stroll.”
Also see – KimWaters.net
3. MARCH 19, 2016 – WOMEN IN JAZZ MONTH CONCERT:
Grammy winner Patti Austin crosses all musical genres, has made 17 solo albums, and has performed her award-nominated hit songs on the GRAMMYS® and the Oscars. As a performer, songwriter and vocalist she has had a star-studded career that began at the age of four, making her one of the most beloved artists over the world and a mainstay on the Billboard Jazz Albums charts. Her most recent release, Avant-Gershwin, won Austin the Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Performance.
Also see – PattiAustin.com
4. APRIL 16, 2016 – JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH CONCERT:
THE BAD PLUS JOSHUA REDMAN
PLAYERS:Reid Anderson (bass), Ethan Iverson (piano), David King (drums), Joshua Redman (tenor saxophone)
“The Bad Plus (plus one) roared as if a quartet were always lying just beneath its surface.” —Los Angeles Times
In 2011, The Bad Plus invited saxophonist Joshua Redman to join them for a week of enthusiastically received performances at the Blue Note in New York City. They then played a handful of dates before heading into the studio last year to record their debut album, The Bad Plus Joshua Redman, which Nonesuch Records releases on May 26, 2015. Pre-orders at iTunes and at Nonesuch.Com include an instant download of the album track “Dirty Blonde,” written by bassist Reid Anderson, which you can hear below. Seven of the nine tracks on The Bad Plus Joshua Redman are new compositions by the quartet members who, in addition to Anderson and Redman, include The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King. The other two songs on the album, “Dirty Blonde” and “Silence Is The Question,” are new arrangements of Bad Plus favorites.
Also see – TheBadPlus.com and JoshuaRedman.com
5. MAY 21, 2016 – LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD CONCERT:
THE McFADDEN BROTHERS and IDA McBETH
They have been entertaining since they were in elementary school, learning tap licks, and intricate rhythms from their father, Kansas City hoofer and all around entertainer Smilin’ Jimmy McFadden. Their Dad, danced with the likes of “The Count Basie Orchestra,” “Blanche Calloway’s Harlem Review,” “Jay McShann,” and many more of the top name entertainers and orchestra’s of the 30’s and 40’s. Along with leading a top notch tap dancing act of his own, “The 3 Chocolate Drops” who traveled around the eastern and central United States. Working in the same circuit as “The Berry Brothers,” “The Rhythm Kings” and another group by the name of “The Will Mastin Trio.” Lonnie and Ronald have made many local and national television appearances including “Incredible Sunday’s” the result of a recommendation from Ben Vareen. The McFadden Brothers have also performed with some of the biggest names in show business, like Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Orlando and were the featured act with Wayne Newton for over 2 and a half years. (Just to Mention a Few)
Also see – TheMcFaddenBrothers.com
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 referred to her as “a story teller,” “a professor emeritus of body language,” “a consummate actress” and “the complete entertainer.” A song stylist is the title Ida prefers.
By the age of five, Ida McBeth knew she wanted to be a singer. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Ida was provided early exposure to a variety of talented vocalists by her mother. These singers included such greats as Nancy Wilson, Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight and Sarah Vaughan.
Also see – IdaMcBeth.com
*Advance discount ticket pricing is in effect through July 11!
2015-2016 JAMMIN’ AT THE GEM | TICKET PACKAGES
GET TICKETS NOW – 5 GREAT SHOWS NEXT SEASON
Early bird season ticket prices are $175.00 for members, $170 for students with ID or seniors (65+), $200 for future members plus service fees. Discounts available only at the Box Office.
Call (816) 474-6262 to place your order!
V.I.P. Series Early Bird Special – EXPIRES JULY 11
- $175 – MEMBERS
- $170 – STUDENT with ID
- $170 – SENIOR (65 & older)
- $200 – FUTURE MEMBERS
V.I.P. Series Regular Pricing – ON SALE JULY 12
- $220 – MEMBERS
- $190 – STUDENT with ID
- $190 – SENIOR (65 & older)
- $250 – FUTURE MEMBERS
Single Concert Pricing – ON SALE JULY 12
- $40 – MEMBERS
- $35 – STUDENT with ID
- $35 – SENIOR (65 & older)
- $45 – FUTURE MEMBERS
Jazz Waltz (3-Pack) Pricing – ON SALE JULY 12
- $111 – MEMBERS
- $96 – SENIOR MEMBERS (65 & older)
- $96 – STUDENT with ID
- $126 – FUTURE MEMBERS
- $111 – FUTURE SENIOR MEMBERS (65 & older)
Day of Show – ON SALE DAY OF RESPECTIVE CONCERT
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All shows are at the Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th St. Call Box Office at 816-474-6262.