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.
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.
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.
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.
Kansas City’s Jackie Myers may have the Midas touch for groove, conjuring up musical styles ranging from soul, jazz and modern R&B each time the talented pianist places her hands on the keys. Daytrotter's Pat Stolley says of Jackie's music "It reminds me of Joni Mitchell's jazz period." The finesse on her chosen instrument plays complement to what the Austin Chronicle describes as “her earthy lungs” - beautiful, captivating, complex, and always with an edge.
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.
“Jazzy Jazz” is a local Kansas City singer and flautist with a formal background in both classical and jazz music. Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, she pursued her formal music education with a full Scholarship to The New England Conservatory of Music and later Berkelee School of Music. Jazzy Jazzy’s love of blues/rock gained her recognition as a Kansas City International Blues Competition winner. Jazzy Jazz is best known for her diverse musical catalogue blending classical, blues/jazz, rock, pop and soul. Her deep sultry voice and sassy swinging flute delivers a performance that the Kauffman Center for the Performing showcased. Join us for an evening of Jazzy Jazz Music.
Delynia Jannell is a native of Kansas City Kansas, born into a musical family she began singing at the early age of 2 at her church, where her father the late Elder James C. Bailey Jr. pastored for over 20 years. Music has always been her passion and because of it she has been blessed to use her gift in different music genres and has worked with many artist. She has had the opportunity to work with national recording artist(s) TechN9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, E-40, Kyla Jade (NBC "The Voice" 2018 Season 14 Contestant), and gospel artist Issac Cates to name a few. You can find Delynia Jannell in the 18th & Vine Jazz District at The Blue Room regularly but she sings throughout the Kansas City metro area. Everyday this artist is broadening her platform and looking forward to traveling with the "Phil Collins Experience" Tour in 2019.