The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s 2016 Gala concert will be a swingin’ 50th anniversary tribute to one of the greatest recordings of all time: “Sinatra At The Sands!” which featured Kansas City’s Count Basie Orchestra, arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones. Join The KCJO, under the direction of Clint Ashlock, and vocalist Ron Gutierrez as they ‘swing and sing’ such classic Sinatra songs as ‘Come Fly With Me,’ ‘My Kind of Town,’ ‘Where or When,’ ‘One for My Baby,’ and many others. As Frank might have put it, “It’s going to be one ring-a-ding, crazy cool night!”
Your generous support makes it possible for us to continue our mission to preserve the rich heritage of big band swing jazz, encourage its appreciation as a viable American art form and provide jazz education outreach programs to music students throughout our community.
2015-16 KCJO Season A Swingin' Musical Journey! ______________________________________________
Please join Artistic Director/Conductor Clint Ashlock& The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for our 2015/’16 Concert Series, as we take you on a Swingin’ Musical Journey! ______________________________________________
Explore the roots of great jazz from its beginning in New Orleans by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet and King Oliver, to the Chicago jazz styles of Benny Goodman, Bix Beiderbecke and Ben Pollock. In between this journey, we’ll stop in Kansas City to hear some Count Basie classics and experience the great W.C. Handy’s immortal “St. Louis Blues” and his iconic “Beale Street Blues.”
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Through performances and education programs, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestrapreserves the rich heritage of jazz, nurtures its growth, and encourages its appreciation as an art form for all ages.