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Brad Allen

“I’m so glad I didn’t grow up with a silver spoon in mouth,” says Allen, when asked about his DIY hard work ethic. “I grew up in a farming community in Nebraska, and I was working my brains out in the corn fields by the time I was in the 6th grade.” Allen’s work ethic has served him very well, first as a musician in the U.S. Army Band, and now as an independent jazz musician based out of Kansas City. “Most people probably wonder what I do all day since I don’t have a day job. But honestly, it’s sometimes very difficult to accomplish all the things I need to on a daily basis to continue to make a living as a musician.” Brad does all his own booking and promotion, which he says is practically a full time job in and of itself

NEWS: EDUCATION

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

Joel Nichols Joins Kansas City Area Youth Jazz As Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant. “I’ve known Christopher [Burnett] for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,” Nichols said. “I’m looking forward to serving ...

Meet Jacob Cartwright

Read "Meet Jacob Cartwright" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Our August Super Fan is a visual artist with a special affinity for improvisational music, which has spilled over into his jazz-themed painting series. In jazz, as in art, Jacob Cartwright values the past while embracing the forward momentum of the new. Plus he's really “down with the jazz cats"--read on to see what we mean! ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

5th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration: An Array of Musical Performances, Tributes & Education - 10 Days of Jazz from August 16-25, 2018

5th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration: An Array of Musical Performances, Tributes & Education - 10 Days of Jazz from August 16-25, 2018

The Charlie Parker Celebration returns and will celebrate its 5th anniversary. Helping celebrate the 5th anniversary will be a local, multi-talented treasure, who has become a national and international entertainer, while spreading the word of Kansas City jazz. The treasure and one of this year’s Artist-in-Residence is Lonnie McFadden, a singer, trumpeter and tap dancer. Add ...

How the Other Half Swings

Read "How the Other Half Swings" reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald, Genius

If there has been a frequent criticism of the Genius Guide, besides the fact that it's hard to tell what the hell I'm going on about most of the time, it would be that I have largely ignored the contributions of women to Our Music. One would think, from the body of my work to this ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Matt Otto/Andy Ehling: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Don Phipps

A Los Angeles import whose left an indelible mark on the Kansas City jazz scene, tenor sax and composer extraordinaire Matt Otto continues his run of successful jazz explorations with Reunion, a collaboration with 30-year friend and Bay Area, CA alto saxophonist Andy Ehling.

Otto's music has always seemed a bit out of place ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Pat Metheny: Driving Forces

Read "Pat Metheny: Driving Forces" reviewed by Ian Patterson

It's been five years since Pat Metheny was last interviewed by All About Jazz, a not inconsiderable period of time in any working musician's life and particularly in one quite as prolific as the Missouri guitarist/composer. At the time, Metheny was promoting his Unity Band featuring Chris Potter, Ben Williams and Antonio Sánchez. His unconcealed enthusiasm ...

NEWS: RECORDING

JMood Records Releases Roberto Magris Sextet "Live" In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery

JMood Records Releases Roberto Magris Sextet "Live" In Miami @ The WDNA Jazz Gallery

JMood Records is pleased to announce the release of the CD Roberto Magris Sextet Live in Miami @ the WDNA Jazz Gallery. "Saturday, February 6, 2016 was a bright sunny beautiful day, but, a more exciting and electric evening in jny: Miami, Florida, one I won’t soon forget," recalls Paul Collins, jazz impresario from Kansas City, Missouri, ...

Meet Geri St. Clair

Read "Meet Geri St. Clair" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Welcome to KC Super Fans, part ll! Tom and Geri (no, not Tom and Jerry!) aren't the first spousal Super Fan team we've featured (that distinction goes to Roberta DeNicola and Richard Berger), but they're our first jny: Kansas City super fans, and we love them for it. Geri St. Clair and her partner in life, ...

Meet Tom Wells

Read "Meet Tom Wells" reviewed by Tessa Souter and Andrea Wolper

Born and raised in that other “capital of jazz"--jny: Kansas City, birthplace of Charlie Parker--Super Fan Tom Wells, along with long-time jazz date, his wife, Geri St. Clair (a future Super Fan--stay tuned!), is a huge supporter of the local scene. How huge? Well, Tom and Geri once followed the University of Missouri Kansas City's Jazz ...