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Kansas City Jazz Orchestra

Announces   Just the Two of Us Saturday, March 12, at 8 p.m.

at Helzberg Hall in 

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

2021-2022 Concert Features Fresh Take on Contemporary Jazz Includes Performances from Guest Saxophonist Kirk Whalum

KANSAS CITY, MO (Feb. 14, 2022) — Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Executive Director Lea Petrie today announced the next concert for the 2021-2022 season, the breezy and fresh performance of Just the Two of Us, Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at the Helzberg Hall of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (1601 Broadway, KCMO 64108). The concert will feature Grammy Award Winner and guest artist saxophonist Kirk Whalum who will participate in a pre-concert jazz chat at 7 p.m.

Fans of big band music, smooth jazz, and musicians including Grover Washington and George Benson will not be disappointed. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s big, rich, tenor sound has been called “soulful, passionate, stirring,” and ultimately his own. This fresh take on contemporary jazz, from smooth, funky, and everywhere In between, promises to blow the roof off of Helzberg Hall!

Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Clint Ashlock stated, “On March 12th at the Kauffman Center, KCJO is featuring Grammy Award winner Kirk Whalum, for our third season concert, Just The Two Of Us. Focusing on great tunes out of the contemporary jazz genre arranged for a jazz orchestra, this night will be magical! We’re going to take memorable tunes like “Breezin,” “Mister Magic,” and the title cut: “Just The Two Of Us,” a Grover Washington and Bill Withers classic that transcends jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, and reimagine it for our big band. Always with a deep connection to Kansas City jazz, you’ll never hear something that’s so smooth, swinging this hard!”

Thank you to the following funders for underwriting our 2021-2022 season: The Missouri Arts Council,

Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund, Geraldine and R.A. Barrows Trust, UMB Bank, Trustee, and The

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, Trustee

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

COVID Protocols

The health and safety of our patrons Is our top priority. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has developed a COVID-19 plan, details of which can be found at https://www.kauffmancenter.org/thecenter/health/.


Ticket Information

For information about purchasing tickets, visit www.kcjo.org or call 816-994-7222.

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.

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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.

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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