A La Mode Trio
Jul
19
6:30 PM18:30

A La Mode Trio

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.

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Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Trio
Jul
20
6:30 PM18:30

Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Trio

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.

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Jay EuDaly
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Jay EuDaly

Jay EuDaly began playing in bands at school functions, coffee houses and nightclubs in and around the Kansas City area in 1969. Jay’s music has been featured in several documentary films, as well as in many other broadcast applications.

Jay has opened for or backed up many national and international acts including Brothers Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Marilyn Maye, Ronnie Laws, Billy Paul, Joanna Connor, John Lee Hooker Jr, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Black Oak Arkansas, The Little River Band, Bo Diddley, Spirit, The Impressions, Logan Mize, and R Kelly. He works occasionally with Grammy-nominee Smooth Jazz artist Max Groove as well as Haji Ahkba (Haji has worked with Van Morrison and James Brown). In the late '80's and early '90's, he was in 2 different bands led by famed jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany. He has performed in a duo setting with jazz guitarist Steve Cardenas. He has performed with Narada Michael Walden (Narada has played with the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Santana, Sting, Whitney Houston, Jeff Beck, etc), Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Karrin Allyson, and Will Matthews of the Count Basie Band, to name just a few. In 2011 Jay began working with African Pop singer Jose Hendrix.

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Stan Kessler and Charles Williams Duo
Jul
25
6:30 PM18:30

Stan Kessler and Charles Williams Duo

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.

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The Grand Marquis
Jul
14
6:30 PM18:30

The Grand Marquis


The Grand Marquis inject a vibrant relevance into their brand of American roots music while delivering a classic, timeless 'straight-from-the-speakeasy' sound. Versatile and buoyant, distinct and refreshing - a rhythm cocktail served by masterful musical mixologists.

Over the past 17 years they have logged more than 2000 performances, as far-flung as Seattle to South Beach Miami, but often in the midwest, where they call Kansas City home.

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Zach Garland-Foster
Jul
10
6:30 PM18:30

Zach Garland-Foster

Zach Garland Foster is a Kansas City jazz, rock and pop saxophonist who has been invited to play at prestigious locations around the Midwest such as the Kauffman Center, multiple venues on Bourbon Street and the Chicago History Museum — all before the age of 20. After being accepted into both Berklee College of Music and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory for Jazz Saxophone Performance, he decided to attend to UMKC to study under Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas. From a family of many artists and musicians, from a very early age Foster would tell his parents he wanted to be a “rock star” and play guitar for millions. After being introduced to and falling in love with the music of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Johnny Hodges and other greats, he devoted his time to getting a head start on playing saxophone at the age of 10. By the time he was a freshman at Liberty High School, Foster was playing lead tenor saxophone in ensembles. Foster was a three-time All District Jazz Band member and two-time All State Jazz member without the aid of a single jazz lesson.

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Lori Tucker Trio
Jul
6
6:30 PM18:30

Lori Tucker Trio

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.

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Eboni Fondren Trio
Jun
28
6:30 PM18:30

Eboni Fondren Trio

Dynamic vocalist and entertainer Eboni Fondren, brings passion and excitement whenever she takes the stage. Her precise readings of jazz standards which she seasons with a dash of R&B, fill a room with energy and delight. Wish a smooth and sultry finish, audiences will be enchanted by her lyrical interpretation and ability to draw an audience in leaving them wanting more. Fondren is an accomplished singer and actress that has been working in and around the Kansas City area for the past 15 years. She delights audiences with her group Eboni and the Ivories, the Everette DeVan Quartet, pianists Charles Williams, Mark Lowrey and with Joe Cartwright as host of the nationally syndicated radio show 12th street jump. She is also a lead singer in KC's hottest party band Lost Wax. As an actress and voice over artist, she has lit up the stage with feature roles in some of Kansas City's top Theatre Companies in productions like "Little Shop of Horrors", "Hairspray", and "Ain't Misbehavin". She recently became the new voice for the Kansas City Royals "Raised Royal" season campaign.

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A La Mode Trio
Jun
21
6:30 PM18:30

A La Mode Trio

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.

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