The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra to Present "Sweet Kansas City"
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its recording, The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jim Mair, will present Sweet Kansas City" in the orchestra's third concert of the season Friday evening, April 30 at 8:00PM at the Folly Theater in Kansas City.
This will be a multi-media concert performance of Benny Carter's Kansas City Suite along with music by Charlie Parker, Ernie Wilkins and Nat Pierce. The Kansas City Youth Jazz program's top performing ensemble, the Reno" Band, will open the festivities at 7:30pm
In 1960, the Count Basie Orchestra recorded Benny Carter's ten- movement Kansas City Suite. The piece was written to showcase the world famous Basie band and coincides with Count Basie's twenty fifth year as a band leader. With movements titled Rompin' at the Reno, Jackson County Jubilee, Miss. Missouri and Vine Street Rumble along with an accompanying slide presentation above the Jazz Orchestra this becomes a historic evening that you don't want to miss.
The KCJO is an 18- piece jazz ensemble made up of Kansas City's finest jazz players performing music associated with Kansas City and its rich jazz legacy.
Tickets are available by phone through The Central Ticket Office 816- 235-6222.
Student tickets are free when reserved in advance on The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra website. For more information on The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, the opportunity for sponsorships and more go to kcjazzorchestra.org or call their office at 913-780-5250.