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.
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.
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.
Paula Saunders is a familiar face in the Kansas City music scene. Brought up in a musical family, Paula has been singing since she was 2 years old. She recognized early on that her voice had a different sort of quality and versatility that is not often heard in music today, and recently started to branch out as a solo artist in the world of R&B and Jazz.
Her claim to fame has been the ability to sing beautifully in the alto and tenor range, something that is uncommon among many female vocalists. Paula’s rich, sultry tone has been compared to such voices as Lalah Hathaway, Oleta Adams and Anita Baker. Though her voice rests comfortably in the lower register, Paula’s mother—a classic Soprano—also trained her to use her upper register, leading many to refer to her as one of the most versatile singers in the city.
In October 2014, Paula released her first project entitled, Introducing Paula Saunders. It is a collection of timeless jazz standards that everyone is sure to enjoy. Whether she’s rocking the house with an upbeat tune from Ella Fitzgerald or serenading the crowd with the smooth sounds of a Sarah Vaughan classic, Paula’s voice is sure to capture—and keep—your attention.
Adam Galblum is a jazz violinist in Kansas City, Missouri. He is bandleader of Hot Club KC, gypsy jazz band. Adam's 2014 solo album, the instrumental Down To The Wire - The Stringband Tribute to the Music of John Mayer, showcases his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist and features members of acclaimed Infamous Stringdusters and Punch Brothers.
Headliner Bryan Hicks is a Kansas City jazz musician who has shared his bass and vocal talents playing all over the world. In addition he is a recording artist who has appeared on two recordings with KC’s legendary Karrin Allyson. Rod Fleeman is one of KC’s most well known jazz guitarists. He has toured and recorded with notable artists such as Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson, Jay McShann and Claude “Fiddler” Williams. In addition to performing, Rod teaches guitar at the University of Missouri – Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.
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.
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.
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.