Kansas City, MO: The Blue Room, one of DownBeat Magazine’s top 100 Jazz Clubs, continues to bring in top notch acts. Kicking off Monday June 25th we have an open jam session with Horace Washington. When asked about the upcoming gig, Washing said, “I’m going to be there doing my usual thing, a mix of jazz and funk and inviting people to play. It is a jam session for one and all.”
Thursday June 28th is Salsa night and will feature Mambo DeLeon and Carte Blanc. Mambo DeLeon is a Latin Jazz and Salsa pioneer who has worked with legends such as Tito Puente and Cecila Cruz. Bring your dancing shoes and prepare to step into the “Mamba Zone.”
Friday June 29th the Kerry Strayer
Quintet with Kathleen Holman will get the weekend started with their combination of smooth jazz and vocals. Strayer, a Nebraska native is the former Music Director of the Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Holman has been active in the Kansas City music scene as both a teacher and performer for over 20 years.
The weekend closes out with Bob Bowman
and Bowdog on Saturday June 30th. Bowman was a member of the Grammy nominated band Toshiko Akiyoshi- Lew Tabakin Big Band. He is the founding member of the Bowdog and a faculty member at UMKC.
The mission of the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City is to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through Performance, Education, Exhibition and Research.