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Raise the Tide that Lifts all Jazz Boats.

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Kansas City Jazz ALIVE is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 to serve as a catalyst group to develop and implement strategies that promote the Kansas City metropolitan area jazz community. 

THE MISSION OF KC JAZZ ALIVE

HELP UNITE THE ENTIRE GREATER KANSAS CITY METROPOLITAN AREA JAZZ COMMUNITY

Help continually build the public AWARENESS of the Kansas City Jazz Scene; Serve the pulse of the entire Jazz Community as a LISTENING Body; Serve our Jazz Community as a benign and neutral platform for integrating IDEAS; Function as an informed VOICE platform to help articulate the state of the Jazz paradigm in KC; Provide EXPOSURE to the existing economic infrastructure and those relevant career resources in order to constantly improve the conditions of the entire Kansas City Jazz Scene …




THE VISION OF KC JAZZ ALIVE

To help make Kansas City the premier destination for Jazz music and its infrastructure; where career Jazz musicians find the scene to be a living-wage haven for families, live performances, teaching, and recording; where visitors and community residents can find information about the venues and entities featuring Jazz performances conveniently; and, where Jazz venues and presenters alike can regularly employ career Jazz musicians and also experience economic success.

WHAT KC JAZZ ALIVE DOES

The Kansas City Jazz ALIVE approach to supporting and elevating jazz is designed to align with the above five pillars of our mission (Awareness, Listening, Ideas, Voice, and Exposure) by being a catalyst organization supporting artists, enthusiasts, and venue owners; and thus, “raising the tides that lift all jazz boats” resulting in increased public engagement of the American Jazz aesthetic.

We Value
o Jazz as an important original American art form
o Patrons as supporters of jazz
o Jazz artists who create and perform the music
o Venue owners who present the music

We Promote
o Kansas City jazz artists and venues.
o The history and future of the jazz narrative
o The viability of the arts and specifically jazz as an economic engine

We Explore
o Opportunities for synergy among artists, enthusiasts, and venue owners
o Collaborations that result in increased awareness, opportunities, and economic impact
o Opportunities to support education, build infrastructure, and engage new audiences
o The ongoing tangible contributions of Kansas City Jazz in the context of Jazz History worldwide

JOIN US IN
“RAISING THE TIDE THAT
LIFTS ALL JAZZ BOATS!”
VOLUNTEER TODAY!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS and EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

PRESIDENT
Christopher Burnett

VICE PRESIDENT
B.J. Jansen

TREASURER
Emily BehRmann

SECRETARY
Darrel McKaig

PAID ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF

MARKETING
Macy Vulgamore

FINANCE + ADMINISTRATION
CAT LARRISON

GRANTS
JAIME AGUIRRE

SPECIAL PROJECT VOLUNTEERS

ORIGINAL FOUNDER
Steve Hargrave

PAST PRESIDENTS

ORIGINAL FOUNDER
Jon McGraw

ORIGINAL FOUNDER
Gregory A. Carroll

THE KC JAZZ ALIVE TEAM MAY BE REACHED VIA EMAIL

KANSAS CITY JAZZ ALIVE INC.
3013 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108


JAZZ NOTES




JAZZ NOTES is our blog. Read the posts in this section of our website below:

VividVisions: The Business of Jazz Artistry – Live Performances

Moderator: Steve Kraske (KCUR 89.3FM) hosting a panel discussion on the business of jazz artistry. EVENT DETAILS: 12:00 pm on Friday, November 10, 2023 at the Westport Coffee House for this exciting panel discussion. Bring your thoughts and questions with you! Your ticket includes attendance and lunch. We are planning for an interactive and engaging …

JAZZ MEET UP @ The Lied Center of Kansas presented “Terence Blanchard – Film Scores Live!” 

ARTICLE BY: DARREL McKAIG, Board Member (MARCOM Chair) I have been told that some people can watch a film and never be aware that a musical score is being played alongside the dialog. The truth is that without a musical score the emotional impact of a film would be highly diminished. Film scores elevate the …

JAZZ MEET UP @ “Kansas City Jazz Legends Reunion” at Westport Coffeehouse Theater

ARTICLE AND GIG PHOTOS BY Darrel McKaig, Board Member You didn’t have to be a jazz musician to get into Westport Coffee House on Sunday evening. If you were not a musician, you were in the minority. The Chiefs had just won (again) so there was that buzz in the air around Kansas City. For …

RESOURCES + DOWNLOADS

KC JAZZ ALIVE DIRECTORY 💼




ORGANIZATION BROCHURE (PDF)

JAZZ LEGACY EXHIBIT (PDF)

KKFI JAZZ CALENDAR 🎵

USEFUL INFORMATION FOR ENTREPRENEURS 🎵

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USEFUL KC JAZZ INFORMATION 🎵

VISIT KC

GUIDE TO LIVE MUSIC IN KC

GUIDE TO KC JAZZ HISTORY

2024 OFFICIAL VISITORS GUIDE

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 🔗

ALL ABOUT JAZZ + JAZZ NEAR YOU

AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS

AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM

ARTS KC

CHARLIE PARKER MEMORIAL (KC PARKS)

CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION

INTERNATIONAL JAZZ DAY

JAZZ JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION

KANSAS CITY JAZZ AMBASSADORS

KANSAS TOURING ARTIST ROSTER

MID-AMERICA ARTS ALLIANCE

MISSOURI TOURING PERFORMERS ROSTER

MUTUAL MUSICIANS FOUNDATION

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC MERCHANTS

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS JAZZ MASTERS FELLOWSHIPS

SOUTH ARTS JAZZ ROAD

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION (UNESCO)

SPONSORS + PARTNERS

This project is supported in part by …

SPONSORS

The City of Kansas City, Missouri Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund (NTDF)

BUTTONWOOD FINANCIAL GROUP LLC

Francis Family Foundation

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts 

Richard J. Stern 
Foundation for the Arts

Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Fund

Martha Lee Cain Tranby Music Enrichment Fund

Peter Goulet

Peter Goulet

FOLLY Theater

21c Museum Hotel Kansas City

Midnight Blue Jazz, LLC

PARTNERS

Youth Symphony of Kansas City

AMERICAN JAZZ MUSEUM

LONNIE’S RENO CLUB

SONFLOWER BAKERY

KANSAS CITY AREA YOUTH JAZZ INC – BIRD BOOT CAMP

UNESCO CITIES OF MUSIC – KANSAS CITY




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