A La Mode will leave you thinking you’ve been transported back in time! You will be immersed in an experience that spotlights the very essence of Prohibition-era Kansas City.
The spirits of Django Reinhardt and the sultry songstresses of the past are alive and well in the present – all that it takes is a trip downtown to see KC Jazz band A La Mode. Led by UMKC graduate, guitarist Clayton DeLong and enchanting songstress Jesica “Baby J” DeLong, A La Mode takes that authentic, swinging, improvisational Kansas City style and blends it with French and gypsy jazz. Joined by KC’s finest players on upright bass, violin, drums, brass and more, A La Mode is a staple of today’s Kansas City Jazz scene. Their debut
album, “C’est si Bón” was released in October of 2016 and can be heard on jazz radio stations across the US.
Lori Tucker is a versatile vocalist and an entrepreneur. Lori’s expressive vocals have enabled her to hold long term engagements in many of Kansas City’s finest venues. In addition to rhythm and blues, jazz and blues she’s widely recognized in the gospel arena. On numerous occasions, she was a featured guest with the world famous Twentieth Century Ink Spots and has performed with Everette DeVan and the late Richard “Groove” Holmes. She has also performed the National Anthem for many civic and sports events, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the Kansas City Royals. Lori was also co-owner of Grace Audio/Video Enterprises, LLC and a member of the award winning vocal group, The Wild Women of Kansas City. Since the early 70’s, the public has enjoyed her melodic tones on recordings, radio and television.
Providing the best in R&B, Soul and Gospel music, Charlotte Embry & Soigné was organized in October 2012. Upon her return from The Xfactor's bootcamp in Miami, FL, Charlotte had to respect the terms of her contract with the reality TV show and wait until after March 2013 before she could begin recording and performing. The band finally performed in May of 2013! The band took off! They were all over Kansas City, performing and placing a smile on the faces of music lovers in the Kansas City area! Charlotte got married in December 2014. The band's name changed to Charlotte Fletcher & Soigné. Charlotte Fletcher & Soigné provides a fun, crowd interactive experience. Their focus is to make you feel good! Charlotte Fletcher & Soigné has opened for Morris Day & The Time, Sister Sledge, Will Downing and the Average White Band. This Kansas City local band has 7 members and performs throughout the city, frequently on 18th & Vine.
Amber has been a presence in the Kansas City jazz scene making a place and a voice for her instrument. In the beginning of 2014 the Amber Underwood Project was formed with original members Drew Davis, DeAndre Manning, and Tyree Johnson with the mission to showcase an instrument that is normally used as an auxiliary instrument in jazz but now as a solo instrument. AUP is a modern and fresh take on smooth jazz and R&B sounds. AUP uses the rich tones and colors of the flute to interpret the various styles and genres of jazz.
Anyone who's stepped inside a Kansas City jazz club during the past several decades has probably run into Stan Kessler, the impish trumpeter known for amusing pranks and soulful solos.
Kessler has played music in Kansas City for 40 years, serving as the jazz scene's crafty institutional memory and passionate conscience. He's seen a lot of ups and downs, but his new album, "Skywatcher," makes a career-defining statement, showcasing his formidable talent at the same time as it demonstrates the vitality of the regional scene.
Vocalist Julie Turner has long been a favorite on the Kansas City jazz scene. Her smooth voice has a versatile range and passionate intimacy that pleases all audiences, whether she's interpreting the greats like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to The Beatles, Norah Jones, or singing her own compositions. Add to that her engaging, magnetic personality, and you will see and hear what makes Julie a hit wherever she performs.
Brian Ruskin has established himself as a force in the Kansas City music scene for the past three decade Ruskin’s unique style as a singer songwriter guitarist distinguishes him from many musician He started playing professionally at the age of 18 in the Midwest playing rock Pop funk R&B country jazz experimental and folk music The son of Tommy Ruskin and Julie Turner both pillars in the Kansas City jazz community raised him on performance income It is no doubt that being surrounded by music since his birth had something to do with his chosen profession like many seasoned improvisers Brian dug in to recordings on is record player and began playing by ear He was fortunate to have access to many eclectic recordings through his family record collection Brian has been a fixture throughout the region and spent several years as a significant part of the Austin TX music scene.