Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo
Feb
8
6:30 PM18:30

Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo

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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J Love Band
Feb
9
6:30 PM18:30

J Love Band

The J Love Band is one of the hottest Funk, Soul and R&B bands in the Kansas City area. J Love and her talented band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform.
Their repitoire primarily consists classic soul and R&B music from legendary artist such as Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and many others. In addition, this all-star group is capable of performing instrumental jazz.

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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Feb
17
6:30 PM18:30

Lonnie McFaden Trio

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Lonnie McFadden is a multi-talented performer that sings, tap dances and plays trumpet. Lonnie has traveled

the world performing and representing Kansas City Jazz at major jazz festivals and shows around the world. Including The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Nice Jazz Festival in Nice, France.

“The McFadden Brothers” have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in show business; Wayne Newton, as opening act and featured performers in his show, as well as Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Gladys Knight and The Count Basie Orchestra to name a few.

Lonnie has performed in all types of venues from casino show rooms to arenas and coliseums including, MGM Grand and Hilton casinos in Las Vegas, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Nimes Coliseum, Nimes, France, Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Lincoln Center, New York, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA. They have performed for all types of audiences including most recently a USO tour to Kuwait and Iraq for our troops.

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Eboni Fondren Trio
Feb
22
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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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

Lonnie McFaden Trio

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Lonnie McFadden is a multi-talented performer that sings, tap dances and plays trumpet. Lonnie has traveled

the world performing and representing Kansas City Jazz at major jazz festivals and shows around the world. Including The North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland and the Nice Jazz Festival in Nice, France.

“The McFadden Brothers” have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in show business; Wayne Newton, as opening act and featured performers in his show, as well as Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Gladys Knight and The Count Basie Orchestra to name a few.

Lonnie has performed in all types of venues from casino show rooms to arenas and coliseums including, MGM Grand and Hilton casinos in Las Vegas, Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, Nimes Coliseum, Nimes, France, Rosemont Theater, Chicago, Lincoln Center, New York, Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA. They have performed for all types of audiences including most recently a USO tour to Kuwait and Iraq for our troops.

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Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo
Feb
24
6:30 PM18:30

Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo

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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NYE with J Love Band
Dec
31
to Jan 1

NYE with J Love Band

Johnnie’s NEW YEAR’S EVEN BASH WITH J LOVE BAND

RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED by calling

Pick your seating time- 6:30pm, 7:00pm, 7:30pm, 8:00pm

$100.00/couple will include

Appetizer Sampler, Mixed Grill, Choice of two Dessert selections, Two Champagne splits, and party favors for two.

Appetizer Sampler- 2-Fried Green Tomatoes, 4- Fried Zucchini, and 1- Grilled Mushroom Skewer

Mixed Grill- Petite Filet, Honey Bourbon Glazed Chicken Breast, Shrimp Skewer with Mashed Potatoes and Grilled Asparagus.

Dessert(s)- Bread Pudding or Brownie Sundae.

The J Love Band is one of the hottest Funk, Soul and R&B bands in the Kansas City area. J Love and her talented band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform.
Their repitoire primarily consists classic soul and R&B music from legendary artist such as Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and many others. In addition, this all-star group is capable of performing instrumental jazz.

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Kathleen Holeman and Stan Kessler Duo
Dec
30
6:30 PM18:30

Kathleen Holeman and Stan Kessler Duo

Kathleen has performed with many great artists such as Gary Foster, Louie Bellson, Kim Park, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana and Georgia for festivals, series and private events.

She directs the Ray Alburn Big Band and leads smaller combos in clubs, restaurants and private venues. She has been a judge at several jazz competitions, and has been a private music teacher for over 20 years for voice, trombone, and piano.

Currently the Director of Vocal Jazz and Jazz Piano at Missouri Western State University, also teaching Aural Skills and serving as Music Theater music advisor. She holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education with a vocal certification degree from Missouri Western State College and a Master of Music degree from University of Missouri–Kansas City. She directs the Missouri Western Vocal Jazz Ensemble, formed in 2009.

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Stan Kessler and Justin Binek Trio
Dec
29
6:30 PM18:30

Stan Kessler and Justin Binek Trio

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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Eboni Fondren Trio
Dec
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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Jackie Myers Duo
Dec
27
6:30 PM18:30

Jackie Myers Duo

Jackie Myers:

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.

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Chris Foster Solo
Dec
26
6:30 PM18:30

Chris Foster Solo

Chris has been performing professionally for 26 years. To date he has performed over 5000 gigs for Such clients as Walt Disney World, Ritz Carlton Resorts, The American Red Cross and many many more. 

In 2006 Chris and co-writer Stacey Knights won the American Idol Underground songwriting competition (jazz category) with the song titled "Morning Monk".

   

Also in 2006 Chris won the Liberty Missouri Performing Arts New Artist Showcase. 


In 2003 he was recognized by the Government of Key West Florida for his Composition titled "Storm of the Century" and his musical depiction of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane.

In 2002 His song "Palma De Mallorca" was recognized by the King of Spain. He is noted for his great skill of guitar playing that is showcased on his Christmas CD and his Back To Brazil CD.

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Rich Hill Duo
Dec
25
6:30 PM18:30

Rich Hill Duo

Pianist-vocalist Rich Hill has a personal sound steeped in the rich jazz, blues and gospel traditions of his Kansas City hometown. His keyboard style is grounded in the long tradition of jazz piano from ragtime to stride, bebop and modern jazz.  Depending on the song, he might play something that sounds like Fats Waller, then something with a kind of Bill Evans or Chick Corea feel, followed by a tune suggesting Ray Charles’ blues-tinged earthiness.   His success entertaining audiences with his keyboard and vocal talents while maintaining a certain standard of artistry is a notable accomplishment proven by continued demand for bookings.

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