KC Jazz offers free concert


Posted by Bob Evans

Bright Stars

of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra


Features Premiere Video Recording of Pianist and Composer

Mary Lou Williams’ Zodiac Suite

For FREE Virtual Concert & Fundraiser Thurs, May 6 @ 6p CDT



WHO:  `                Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director and Conductor Clint Ashlock

Nineteen of the best jazz musicians in the Kansas City area. Member bios can be found at Meet the Band (https://www.kcjo.org/meet-kcjo)

Pianist, composer, and band leader Mary Lou Williams


WHAT:                Join the musicians of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra for an engaging virtual experience featuring one of Mary Lou’s most iconic pieces, the Zodiac Suite. Through a special arrangement of the work for KCJO by Artistic Director Clint Ashlock, this multifaceted performance will highlight members of the orchestra based on their astrological signs. Grab your favorite drink and settle in to get a taste of the brilliance of Mary Lou Williams, brought to you by your Kansas City Jazz Orchestra!


                                For more information on registering, please visit https://www.kcjo.org/bright-stars. High- res photos, audio, and video (not including the performance) can be found at https://www.kcjo.org/media-resources.


WHERE/WHEN:   Thursday, May 6, 6-7:30p CDT. Register for virtual access please.


Connecting to our Community

Even through these difficult and unprecedented times, KCJO is committed to the Kansas City community and its audiences the world over. To learn more about how to connect with KCJO, please visit KCJO Media which has links to content and resources that are sure to uplift, educate and inspire.


Visit KCJO online at www.kcjo.org for the latest information about virtual events, drive-in concerts, and more.


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About Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

MISSION: Through performances and education programs, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra preserves the rich heritage of jazz, nurtures its growth, and encourages its appreciation as an art form for all ages.


VISION: The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra is an internationally acclaimed, premier performing arts icon providing jazz entertainment and education.


Founded in 2003, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra is one of the nation’s preeminent big bands, performing classic and original repertoire in a variety of settings. With the beautiful Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts as a home base, KCJO’s concert season puts forth engaging themed shows ranging from Duke Ellington’s early works to brand-new reimaginations of pop music, “celebrating the past, and embracing the future.” In addition to the season, the orchestra plays a variety of concerts, dances, and festivals, engaging audiences from Kansas City, Missouri to Hannover, Germany, and beyond.


The orchestra is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization governed by a board of directors and two co-equal directors – Artistic Director Clint Ashlock and Executive Director Lea Petrie. The Musicians are contracted with the organization but have been considered resident artists since the formation of the Orchestra.


KCJO engages with the community through its educational programs which work to train the next generation of talented Kansas City musicians through Master classes with visiting guest artists, in-school programs, and outreach events for all ages such as Listening Parties and Jazz Chats. 


For more information, please visit kcjo.org.

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