Musician's Appreciation Day
This year, the celebration welcomes the return of Truman Medical Centers Community Health Strategies & Innovation Team who will provide free health screenings to the first 50 artists from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.Screenings will include blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol. A colon/rectal cancer screening kit will also be distributed.
“We continue to support our local artists by providing health and nutrition services to show our local artists that we care about their healthcare needs,” says Niki Lee Donawa, Chief Community Relations Officer at TMC.
After the screenings, artists are invited to pick up a gift bag filled with fruits and vegetables from the Truman Medical Centers Healthy Harvest Mobile Market then enjoy a lavish Christmas buffet in the Blue Room with top-notch entertainment provided by The Elder Statesmen of KC Jazz from 5:00 to 6:30 pm, followed by Heat Index from 7:00 to 11:00 pm.
Elder Statesmen of KC Jazz
The Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz is a jazz service organization founded in 1983 by Samuel Johnson, Jr. and Edward B. Baker, presidents of Mutual Musicians Foundation and Charlie Parker Memorial Foundation respectively. During KCMO Mayor Richard Berkley’s administration, the first 18th & Vine and Kansas City Jazz Festivals were held, and 38-senior musicians and industry supporters were honored for their contributions to Kansas City jazz making the style and sound recognized and revered around the world.
The first Induction Ceremony was held at Crown Center during that 1983 Labor Day weekend, and it was William “Count” Basie’s 79th and final birthday. There have been several induction ceremonies, ushering-in more groups of talented men and women, who are known for their musicianship, support of the industry, popular and well known jazz and blues musicians are so honored, since that time.
The Elder Statesmen perform for festivals, private engagements, workshops and settings featuring seniors and children. Elder Statesmembers provide recollections and speaking engagements for businesses, civic groups, tourists and conventions coming to the Kansas City area. The Elder Statesmen Little Big Band performances are ones to remember, as they perform the traditional style of jazz resurrecting compositions from the sound-books of Bennie Moten, Count Basie, Jay McShann, Ben Kynard, Quincy Jones, Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker and others related to the Kansas City sound.
Heat Index is a horn-and-guitar-driven, contemporary jazz-funk group that offers a funky R&B showcase when the performance requires it. The band combines fresh original music with extraordinary fusion remakes, resulting in their wide audience appeal. As Wayne Henderson, the funky trombone playing leader of the Jazz Crusaders once said, “Just because it’s jazz, don’t mean you can’t dance”. Heat Index's music reflects that statement.