As the holiday season approaches, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra would like to extend joy and love and, of course, great big band music to all of you! KCJO’s first concert of the season was a tremendous success. Celebrating the beautiful music and artistry that emerged from the Cotton Club and Harlem Renaissance with wonderful guests Eboni Fondren and Glenn North, and sharing the stage with the brilliant legend, Benny Golson, was truly an evening none who were present will soon forget. And now, we get to look toward the next one, on Tuesday December 10th: All Star Holidays!
Now, in a city like Kansas City, you can basically open a door and find a veritable jazz all-star. You see 18 of them onstage with KCJO 4 times a season! For this concert, KCJO has extended invitations to three folks who we know will bring the swing: fantastic vocalist Molly Hammer, blistering trombonist Jason Goudeau, and exhilarating Lonnie McFadden, who’ll be sharing his talents as a singer and trumpeter, and hopefully we can twist his arm to bring his dancing shoes as well! We’ll be performing a couple sets of music, both holiday and straight-up big band, that bring about the best of all the talents on-stage, and you’re not going to want to miss it.
Leading into this performance, please make sure to check out KCJO’s social media! You can expect a few in-depth looks at what makes Kansas City an all-star jazz city. We’ll dive into the history of the jazz scene, and why this music became the soundtrack to what was happening socially and politically in town. We’ll share some insight into the legends of KC, both past and present, and help you get to know the folks in the jazz orchestra a little better. Please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
–The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra