American Jazz Museum Presents: The Men of Jazz, Soul & Blues (Virtual Event/No Audience)
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. Also, this event's broadcast time has moved from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm as a pre-recorded event. Visit our Facebook page for updates.
The American Jazz Museum is proud to present The Men of Jazz, Soul & Blues, A Celebration of Kings, a variety concert broadcast live from the Gem Theater in the 18th & Vine District. Featuring music of Ray Charles, Nat King Cole, and James Brown, live painting and poetry, this virtual, no audience show will be featured on the American Jazz Museum's Facebook page. Mark your calendars!
See below for biographies of featured performers. We look forward to bringing you free, live music to the comfort of your home!
Ayron Alexander, singer
Ayron Alexander grew up in Hampton, VA. From an early age he was drawn to all types of music but felt a deep connection to Neo-Soul. Influences such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Bolton, and Boyz II Men played a major role in his musical development. His collection of influences only grows as he perfects his own sound.
Tevin Williams, singer
Tevin Williams, originally from Waynesville, MO. In 2012 he moved to Kansas City to attend the University of Missouri - Kansas City, where he double majored in Music and Business Administration, emphasising in Finance. At UMKC, Tevin studied classical music and studied voice under the decorated Dr. Raymond Feener and the accomplished Lindsey McKee. Throughout, Tevin participated in various ensembles, collegiate choirs, and choral support for Barry Manilow and The Rolling Stones during their tour cycles. Additionally, he has since supported various artists such as Kimbra, Janelle Monae with The Marcus Lewis Big Band, For King and Country, A Great Big World, Ben Rector, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, and others. Outside music, he enjoys listening to podcasts, eating M&Ms, and traveling.
Errol Dixon, singer
Errol Dixon was born and raised in Kansas City, MO. He's sang in all forms of music genres, ranging from R.Kelly, to Joe, Dan and Shay, to Puddle of Mud and Michael Buble. His biggest music influencers include Joe Thomas and Stevie Wonder.
Deaunte Thomas, painter
Deaunte Thomas, formally known as Duddy, is a visual artist born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Motivated by being a product of his environment, his mission is inspiring future generations of artists to be trend setters and follow their ambitions. His artistic journey began at age 6 but started specializing in painting in 2017. In addition to art, he aims to be a leader encourage other artists to pursue their passions.
Ryan Williams, painter
An excerpt from Williams' creative statement: "the most important part of creating art to me is what the art I create means to others. After putting work into a project, watching someone who can tell me exactly how that piece made them feel, as well as how they thought I was feeling when I created the piece, is amazing. That feeling of connection between the viewer and myself is what gives my work purpose. My style of work brings out a vivid responses from viewers, creating a sense of life, emotion, understanding. My work is the opportunity for me to connect with you."
"To be outstanding is to be bold; from Wyandotte Co., @ age 9, to poetry my soul was sold . . .
Made a deal with the writing GODS to be their narrator for stories told; from prophesizing’ @ open mics
in New Orleans to Houston, showed ‘em wat JAH means in Memphis, Tennessee; in New York, was
graced on the stage w/ Motha’ Maya, Tudy, and Theo Huxstible; my writing style is a Chef’s cookbook,
it’s delectable; I wear many many diverse hats, my career is respectable; I play w/ similes, metaphors
and food for a livin’ and my seasoning is undetectable . . ."