Jazz Disciples with Queen Bey and Dr. Wayne Goins *postponed*
*Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), this event has been postponed until further notice in an effort to care for the health and safety of AJM staff and patrons
Saxophonist Gerald Dunn has been featured in bands with Illinois Jacquet and Bobby Watson. He plays an inventive, contemporary sound and knows how to capture an audience’s attention. Pianist Everette Freeman has toured with Oleta Adams, performing with a deliciously intricate yet fluid grace. There are few Kansas City jazz musicians whom drummer Michael Warren hasn’t backed. The Jazz Disciples give him unique opportunities to stretch. Bassist DeAndre Manning provides a solid footing.
Queen Bey is an artist and jazz educator with a long career in film, theater, and music. The New York Times recognized Queen Bey as one of the best known jazz artists from Kansas City, along with Charlie Parker, Count Basie, and Max Roach. Queen's wide repertoire of jazz and blues standards and innovative and often unknown songs are drawn from her first-hand experiences working with the legends of jazz and blues. Queen's style, "a natural and understated approach to the material make for a solid crowd pleaser" according to Variety magazine.
Queen has performed with B.B. King, The Platters and the late jazz pianist Earl Garner. She received rave reviews in the national entertainment magazine Variety and The New York Times for her act at New York's Michael's Pub. Queen Bey was the first jazz artist to receive the coveted Governor's Arts Award, given to her in recognition of her efforts in promoting the heritage of jazz and the blues.
Queen Bey has served as Kansas City's Ambassador of Jazz, performing in Costa Rica, Uruguay, Germany, Hungary, Switzerland, Argentina, Holland, Belgium, Ethiopia, and France promoting jazz and blues music on behalf of the United States and jazz organizations. In 2000, she represented the United States at the World Expo in Hanover, Germany.
Ms. Bey has acted on stage and television and in film, including Broadway musicals - Ain't Misbehavin, One Mo' Time and Blues in the Night. Her television debut was an NBC mini-series, Matter of Justice, co-starring Patty Duke and Martin Sheen. Her film debut was in the movie Ninth Street with Martin Sheen and Isaac Hayes.
Dr. Wayne Goins
Dr. Wayne Goins, Director of Jazz Studies at Kansas State University and professional guitarist, has performed with guitarist Kenny Burrell, saxophonist Bobby Watson, organist Jimmy McGriff and many others. His experience lead him to conduct and teach in Boston, Chicago, and Atlanta. He’s also taught guitar at Morehouse College, Emory University, and Kennesaw State University.
Goins authored the award-winning book A Biography Of Charlie Christian (2005), The Jazz Band Director’s Handbook (2003), and Emotional Response to Music: Pat Metheny’s Secret Story (2001) [Edwin Mellen Press.] In 2006 Goins published The Wise Improvisor, a college textbook on jazz improvisation.
Goins founded Little Apple Records, his own record label, and released West Coast Swing, Standard Fare, Smokin’ at The Oak Bar, Bluesin' With The B3, Home...Cookin!, and Chronicles of Carmela, released in early 2011.
Goins writes for Jazz Ambassador and Jazz Inside magazine, where he has written extensive articles. Goins’ fifth book, That’s All Right: The Jimmy Rogers Story will be published by University of Illinois Press.