American Jazz Museum Presents: Ella Fitzgerald: The Queen of Swing
Due to Kansas City's COVID-19 policies and procedures, this event is a free, virtual event with no audience on American Jazz Museum's Facebook page.
The American Jazz Museum is proud to present Ella Fitzgerald, The Queen of Swing, a variety concert broadcast live from the Gem Theater in the 18th & Vine District. Featuring dance by Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, music, and poetry, this virtual, no audience show will be featured on the American Jazz Museum's Facebook page. Mark your calendars for its broadcast on Sunday, January 24th at 4:00 pm.
See below for biographies of featured performers. We look forward to bringing you free, live music to the comfort of your home!
Arkansas native Kimberly Keyz resides in Kansas City, MO. Surrounded by music since age 5, Kimberly has sang background for artists Michael McDonald, Michael Bubble, and opened up for R&B singer Lyfe Jennings. Recently she started her own path of songwriting and is slated to release her first single, "FIYA (Fabulous In Your Absence). Be on the lookout for this southern soul to show you how it’s done!
Angel is a creative singer with an earthy vocalist whose voice finds its home in jazz, soul, rock, and alternative music. Angel has been a member of My Brother’s & Sisters for the last 9 years, as well as a member Worship Culture headed by 2018 Grammy nominee Bishop Cortez Vaughn. Angel has performed at SXSW, Carnegie Hall, Starlight Theater, Middle of the Map, Dancetopia, The Crossroads Music Festival, Boulevardia, and The Plaza Arts Fair Ink Stage, and countless other stages.Outside music, Angel can be found focusing on her daughter McKenzie and dancing to other Kansas City artists.
At age 12, Comfy became a published young poet and joined several productions to share her poetry as a teen. She attended cosmetology school in 2007-2008 for hair and nails while attending high school through vocational education. After graduating in 2008, she began taking courses part time at MCC, where she earned her Associates of Arts degree in 2012 before dropping out. She continued her artistic things while working full time for a pharmaceuticals company. In Spring 2018, she left her employer involuntarily and was "forced into her creative greatness". Currently she's a full-time entrepreneur doing hair, makeup, special events, fashion shows, mentoring, poetry and storytelling.
Tyron Aiken (Choreographer, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey)
Latra Wilson (Dancer, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey)
Winston Dynamite Brown (Dancer, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey)