Musicians Appreciation Day 2019
Musicians Appreciation Day celebrates the positive impact of musicians on Kansas City's cultural scene. This event features free health screenings and a produce market provided by Truman Medical Center as well as free performances by Kansas City musicians.
Elder Statesmen of KC Jazz, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
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. .
Millage Gilbert, 7:00pm - 11:00 pm
For 35 years, Millage Gilbert has taken center stage at the red hot, blues drenched clubs of urban Kansas City. For over five years, Blues, R&B and Soul aficionados have swarmed to his Saturday matinee at the world famous Grand Emporium. He has chiseled out a solid style of Delta Blues, Memphis Soul, and Kansas City Blues.