The Blue Room Presents: Jazz @ Noon, Dave Brubeck Centennial Tribute Concert (Digital Only)
Due to Kansas City's COVID-19 policies and procedures, this event will be a free, livestreamed concert on the American Jazz Museum's Facebook page.
The Blue Room at the American Jazz Museum is proud to present Jazz @ Noon, Dave Brubeck 100 Tribute Concert. Featuring three of Kansas City's expert jazz pianists, this show honors the centennial anniversary of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck with countless features from his repetoirie! The show will be broadcast live from the Gem Theater in the 18th & Vine District.
We look forward to bringing this free, live music to the comfort of your home. Click "Follow On Facebook" and mark your calendars to stay tuned!
Matt Villinger Trio (11:30 am - 12:00 pm)
Matt Villinger was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. From there he received his Undergraduate and Masters in Jazz Performace from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. He has got to work with greats, such as Reggie Thomas, Peter Martin, Adam Maness, Peter Schlamb and others. Villinger currently resides in Kansas City leading his own groups as well as playing in Electric Tinks and other sideman projects.
Charles Williams Trio (12:15 pm - 12:45 pm)
Charles D. Williams is a native of Kansas City, Kansas. Mr. Williams has performed piano for over 50 years. He studied under Leon Brady at Sumner High School hen moved to Kansas City Missouri in his later teens. He also performs as pianist for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra since its start in 2003 to present. Other artists he's performed with include Wycliffe Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Wess, The New Your Voices, Ann Hampton Calloway, Houston Person, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, and Arthur Blythe. In May of 2018, this orchestra performed in the Hanover Jazz Festival in Hanover, Germany and also performed in Szczecin, Poland. His also embraces his educational roots, serving as a Board Member of the American Jazz Museum and being a core instructor for the Kansas ity Jazz Academy Program. Mr. Williams also teaches private lessons weekly and produces music.
Joe Cartwright Trio (1:00 pm - 1:30 pm)
Pianist Joe Cartwright makes his home in Mission, Kansas and is recognized as a proponent of ‘Kansas City Jazz.’ He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and currently serves as music director for Unity Village Chapel in Unity Village, Missouri. He served for ten years as music director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show 12th Street Jump. Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings, many on his own label, Lafayette Music, including the 2017 release Out Of This World, featuring the late vocalist Molly Hammer. Some of his credits include work with jazz luminaries Eddie Harris, Christian McBride, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme. Cartwright has performed for audiences in Africa, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the fall of 2012, the Joe Cartwright Quartet headlined the CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay as representatives of Kansas City Jazz.