Thursday, September 4th, 2014 7:30 PM Muriel Kauffman Theatre Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Join the swinging 17-piece Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Clint Ashlock, for a very special evening of great big band music, featuring an array of guest artists showcasing the vibrant, world-class Kansas City jazz scene.
You’ll know why we say Kansas City is Jazz! when young jazz lions such as Megan Birdsall, Allie Burik, Hermon Mehari, and Steve Lambert join forces with jazz veterans such as the internationally-acclaimed Bobby Watson, Dan Thomas, Matt Otto and Al Pearson!
This very special “Kansas City is Jazz!” showcase will highlight the music of jazz legends Count Basie, Jay McShann and Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. Clint Ashlock, The KCJO’s conductor and artistic director, has written a special tribute arrangement of Charlie Parker’s composition, “Confirmation,” which will bring the concert to a swinging, rip-roaring finale!
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra 2014-15 Season at Helzberg Hall
“ONE O’CLOCK JUMP!”
THE EVOLUTION OF THE BIG BAND
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
The KCJO and guest artist Hal Melia will take the audience on a “swinging musical journey” featuring the unforgettable music of Count Basie, Jay McShann, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson, Tommy Dorsey (and many others) through the “heyday” of the big band era.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT CELEBRATION
featuring the internationally-acclaimed vocal ensemble
New York Voices
THE NEW YORK VOICES!
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 7 PM (early show) in Helzberg Hall
Swing into the holidays with our annual holiday show! Keep your yule cool and join us for exciting big band and vocal arrangements of your favorite Christmas and holiday songs with special guests, The New York Voices – a sleigh-swinging concert for the entire family to enjoy.
“AS TIME GOES BY”
THE KANSAS CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA GOES HOLLYWOOD!
Friday, February 27, 2015 – 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
A concert worthy of an Academy Award! You’ll find yourself “Over The Rainbow” in Helzberg Hall when The KCJO performs new arrangements of the best music written for motion pictures over the past nine decades, since movies began talking in 1927 with Al Jolson’s “The Jazz Singer.”
“KENTON AT THE KAUFFMAN!”
A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY STAN KENTON ORCHESTRA
Friday, April 17, 2015 – 8 PM in Helzberg Hall
When the legacy of the big band is discussed, the great Stan Kenton Orchestra is always a topic of admiration. Join The KCJO as we perform such Kenton classics as “Peanut Vendor,” “Street of Dreams,” “Eager Beaver,” and “Artistry in Rhythm.”
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Through concert performances and educational endeavors, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra strives to preserve the rich heritage of jazz, nurture its growth, and encourage the appreciation of America’s Classical Music as a viable art form.