BENEFITING: The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra
EVENT DATE: May 09, 2018
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (KCJO), the region’s most prominent big band that strives to preserve the rich heritage of Kansas City jazz, is performing in its first international trip in two European cities. First, the KCJO will perform, May 9-10, 2018, at the Hannover Enercity Jazz Festival in Hannover, Germany. After the jazz festival concludes, the KCJO will travel on to Szczecin, Poland to perform in a smaller concert May 11-12, 2018.
Help support the KCJO as they travel to Europe! Your donation will help the band travel to the Germany and Poland, transport their instruments and fund other performance expenses.
More information on the KCJO:
- The band is comprised of 17 members and is led by artistic director Clint Ashlock.
- The KCJO will perform songs from their recent library featuring iconic Kansas City big band tunes by local musicians Count Basie and Charlie Parker.
- The Kansas City jazz is defined by its infectious, swinging rhythm, and spirit and sound of the blues. Influenced by Pendergast-era night clubs that would stay open all night, the music had to be malleable and free to last as long as the crowds stayed. Its social connection invoked the gamut of the human experience and that rings true today - it can shout and whisper, sprint and stroll, be strong and tender, and it always swings.