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 discussion.
▪Panelist Stanton Kessler
▪Panelist Lonnie McFadden
▪Panelist Chloe McFadden
SESSION 1.3 Live Performances – experienced panelists will discuss viable strategies that they use for booking venues and private events. Sideman work, other genres, weddings, party bands, South Arts jazz road tours and related areas will also be discussed.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Kansas City’s Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Performing Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee
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 angst, the despair, the hope, the fears, the joy, the sadness, the anticipation of a storyline in ways that dialog alone can never accomplish.
On Thursday (October 23) evening at the Lied Center of Kansas, the film score was the center of attention. Yes, Terence Blanchard, the composer, was standing front and center with his trumpet and flanked by five members of his E-Collective ensemble. Their presence only visually shielded the audience from the Lawrence Community Orchestra, conducted by Matt Smith, that was nestled further behind them on stage. The orchestra was an equal (and often the primary) musical collaborator with the musicians up front. But again, the star of the evening was the music itself. Even the large screen at the back of the stage, displaying a collage of still images from the films, overlayed with live camera images of the musicians could not successfully draw the audience away from the music.
In the last three decades, Terence Blanchard has composed the scores for a plethora of films. This performance focused on his film collaborations with Spike Lee. The evening opened with the joyful and grooving theme from the 1990 film, Mo Better Blues. From therethe audience was transported on an emotional journey through the themes of Malcolm X, Clockers, Inside Man and 25th Hour. Being a native of New Orleans, Mr. Blanchard’s involvement in the documentary, When the Levees Broke, was of significant importance to him. Music from When the Levees Broke was performed as A requiem in Four Acts, and the high emotion emanating from the music prompted a spontaneous standing ovation by much of the audience after just the first act!
The evening could have successfully ended then, but it didn’t. The emotional journey at the Lied Center continued and closed with the themes fromMiracle at St. Annaand BlackkKlansman. The performance served as a reminder of the critical role that the arts play in voicing the stories of the human plight. Now it is time for this reviewer to find and watch the films (while listening to their scores).
With over 75 credits to his name to date, Terence Blanchard, renowned trumpet player and composer, is a true titan in the world of film and television. His major scores include Spike Lee joints such as BlacKkKlansman, Da 5 Bloods, Mo Better Blues and 25th Hour; Kasi Lemmons films such as Eve’s Bayou and Harriet; along with scores for Regina King (One Night In Miami), George Lucas (Red Tails) and Gina Prince (The Woman King). Film Scores Live! showcases the stunning scores and songs from several films, featuring Blanchard’s ensemble, the E-Collective.
The Lied Center of Kansas serves the state’s flagship university, students and the greater community by functioning as a catalyst for the arts, creativity, engagement and community building through the following core activities: Presenting a series of diverse, relevant and world-class artists which activates our community to strengthen its connection with the arts. Constant public feedback and conversation shape the Lied series. Engaging our community through experiential learning in the performing arts and our world by providing opportunities to attend, explore, participate and create. Serving as a communal gathering space for shared experience, connection, conversation and the celebration of achievement.
The theater at Westport Coffee House has become a great place for jazz in KC. Your first time there it can be a little challenging to find. When entering through the coffee house I still sometimes walk right past the door that leads downstairs to the theater.
Entering through the Green Room next door on this particular evening I had to assure a first-timer that yes, she was at the right place.
It is well worth finding. Come on out and listen to some live jazz.
It is how legends are made!
NOTE: WESTPORT COFFEEHOUSE ALSO IS A PARTICIPATING VENUE FOR THE ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT CHARLIE PARKER FESTIVITIES! VISIT SPOTLIGHTCHARLIEPARKER.ORG
Kansas City is having a moment right now. Aside from a certain Championship winning football franchise, you can find an interesting way to spend your time most evenings.
ARTICLE BY: Emily Behrmann, Board of Directors / Treasurer
Great food, well-crafted adult beverages, and incredible art and music are plentiful, with something for just about every taste.
So it’s not surprising to find a jam session featuring some of Kansas City’s best jazz musicians at a German beer hall.
German-style bier and Kansas City jazz have proven to be a solid combination in this monthly open jam session hosted the second Tuesday of every month.
The jam session traditionally features pianist Bram Wijnands, bassist Rick Willoughby, and a rotating cast of area musicians on horns, guitars, drums — or even spoons — for an exciting night of delicious bier and spontaneous music.
On a recent evening, Bram (also known as Beetlejuice-with-a-haircut) and Rick hosted not one or two, but six fellow musicians during the three-hour jam, some of whom play professionally all over KC, and others joining in to keep up their playing “chops,” while working other day jobs: John Blegen, clarinet; Clayton Delong, guitar; Gary Leming, trumpet; Matt Purcell, sax; Brian Ruskin, guitar; Joe Straub, bass and piano. What a lineup, performing jazz standards we all know and love.
This jam took place Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023. Join the fun any second Tuesday of the month at KC Bier Co! And as they say in Germany, “Prost!” (Cheers!) – Jam Session Photos by Emily Behrmann
NOTE: KC BIER CO also is a participating venue for the annual Spotlight Charlie Parker festivities! Oktoberfest Munich, Germany is the world’s largest celebration of Bavarian culture – the area of Bavaria being the southeast corner of Germany famous for beers, brats, and its use of bustiers. Millions of visitors travel thousands of miles to Munich each year to experience their share of the 2-week long festival. ARTICLE FEATURE PHOTO COURTESY OF OKTOBERFESTTOURS.TRAVEL