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
5:30 PM17:30

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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Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo
Mar
2
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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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Mar
3
5:30 PM17:30

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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Stan Kessler and Justin Binek Duo
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

Stan Kessler and Justin Binek 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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 Amber Underwood Duo
Mar
8
6:30 PM18:30

Amber Underwood Duo

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.

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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Mar
10
5:30 PM17:30

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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Charlotte Fletcher Trio
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Charlotte Fletcher Trio

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. 

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Lori Tucker Trio
Mar
23
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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Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo (Brunch)
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Julie Turner and Brian Ruskin Duo (Brunch)

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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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Mar
24
5:30 PM17:30

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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A La Mode Trio
Mar
29
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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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Mar
31
5:30 PM17:30

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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Lonnie McFaden Trio
Feb
17
5:30 PM17:30

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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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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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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Bryan Hicks Duo
Jan
31
6:30 PM18:30

Bryan Hicks Duo

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.

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