Kansas City's musical heritage is all about jazz, and if you want to immerse yourself in a musical experience that will leave you feeling toe-tapping good then don't miss the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra's "Autumn in New York" concert. This celebration will feature some of the most beloved treasures from the "Great American Songbook." Artistic director Clint Ashlock says the concert was created to be a crowd pleaser.
"We have a good deal of ticket buyers who love classic big band music from great bands, and this year I thought it would be fun to play some fantastic music focusing on three well-known bands that one of our trumpet players, Jay Sollenberger, played with. Jay spent time with Buddy Rich, Stan Kenton, and Woody Herman. This is an appropriate time to highlight his life in the music, as well. He'll be our 'Jazz Talk' guest, and featured throughout the evening."
For 15 years, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra has been one of the leading lights in nurturing the love of jazz and the big band sound in Kansas City. The orchestra is comprised of 19 of what Ashlock calls some of "the best musicians and people in the Kansas City area." (The group just got back from playing concerts in Germany and Poland.) He says it's a great time to be a musician in Kansas City.
"It's because of the heritage, but also because of the vibrancy of what's happening right now, today. Music in Kansas City in 2018 is alive and exciting, so that draws great musicians to stay or move here. The history definitely plays a part, too. When music is 'in the air,' it encourages you to take part."
Starting at $31.50
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