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Kansas City vs Philadelphia: A Super Bowl for Jazz

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We're celebrating Super Bowl LVII with chili, wings, barbecue and... jazz! Two of the most notable jazz cities in the United States square off in this year's big game: Kansas City vs. Philadelphia. Both boast an impressive list of jazz luminaries and both played an important role in shaping jazz history. Jon McGraw of KC Jazz ALIVE and I thought it would be fun to represent our respective cities with (jazz) players and videos. Regarding the football game, well, may the best Kelce win!

The King of Kansas City Swing, Bennie Moten and his orchestra...

Pat Martino, Joey DeFrancesco, and Byron Landham take "Sunny" to new heights...

Progenitor of bebop, Charlie Parker...

A giant step for jazz: John Coltrane...

The count of jazz, William Basie...

Preach, Jimmy Smith, preach...

The legend of Lee's Summit, Pat Metheny...

The legend of Norristown, Jaco Pastorius...

Jazz messenger, Bobby Watson...

The ubiquitous Christian McBride...

Exquisite vocalist, Karrin Allyson...

Jimmy, Percy & "Tootie" are The Heath Brothers...

Rising star, Logan Richardson...

Kurt Rosenwinkel and The New Generation...



Use the comments section below to identify other noteworthy jazz musicians from Kansas City and Philadelphia. Embed videos too!

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