KC Jazz offers master class


Posted by Bob Evans 

Just the Two of Us Masterclasses with Grammy-award winning Kirk Whalum

Thursday, March 10, 4-5:30 p.m. at The Blue Room

Friday, March 11, 3-4:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College,

Polsky Theater

KANSAS CITY, MO (March 1, 2022) — Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Clint Ashlock today announced a series of free masterclasses. The educational opportunity is tied to the much-anticipated concert, Just the Two of Us, on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Helzberg Hall of the  Kauffman Center for the

Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, KCMO 64108). The masterclasses will take place on March 10th and 11th at The Blue Room and Johnson County Community College, respectively, led by living legend Kirk Whalum.

Thursday, March 10th, 4-5:30 p.m. at The Blue Room (1600 E. 18th St. KCMO 64108)

Friday, March 11th, 3-4:30 p.m. at Johnson County Community College, Polsky Theater (12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210)

Superstar saxophonist Kirk Whalum will be the guest artist for the Kansas City  Jazz Orchestra’s upcoming concert, Just the Two of Us, on March 12th. Soulful, passionate, stirring…these are the words most often used to describe Grammy® Award winning artist Kirk Whalum’s music. Kirk’s big, rich tenor sound is unmistakably his – and can be heard on Whitney Houston’s mega-hit, “I Will Always Love You.” He will be presenting a series of masterclasses for students and community members alike on March 10th at The Blue Room in the historic 18th & Vine District from 4-5:30 pm, and at Johnson County Community College on March 11th from 3-4:30 pm.

Presented by The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s JazzWorks! education initiative, the KCJO  firmly believes that familiarity and understanding are the first steps to love and appreciation,  and with this in mind, we strive to educate people of all ages and backgrounds about this art  form. Please join us on March 10th and 11th for this outstanding jazz opportunity with Kirk Whalum!

High – res photos, audio and video can be found at KCJO Media.

COVID Protocols

The health and safety of every educator and participant is of our utmost concern. Upon recommendation by the CDC, Johnson County Community College, The City of Kansas City, MO and the Blue Room, masks must be worn properly at all times unless playing an instrument. Vaccinations are highly recommended..

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 our upcoming events.

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About The 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 ensemble  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.

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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