This is the KKFI Jazz Event Calendar for the week of Monday, October 20 to Sunday, October 26. This is shared for the benefit of jazz music lovers. Please check with the music venue to confirm details of the event. All times are Central Time. All performances are evening shows except where indicated with words like “brunch” or “noon”
Monday, October 20
Schmitt Music at 119th and Metclaf brings in Ragtime Revelry with Richard Dowling and Frederick Hodges at 7:00
Pianist Eddie Moore hosts the Blue Monday Jam at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine from 7:00 – 11:00. Musicians bring your axe
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents bassist Karl McComas Reichl from 9:00 – midnight
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Patrick Gilbert from 6:00 – 8:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents Fleepag from 6:00 – 10:00
The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road features the Waldo Jazz Collective from 7:00 – 10:00
Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen at 39th and State Line Road presents Jazzbo at 6:00
Tuesday, October 21
At noon Johnson County Community College’s Carlsen Center presents pianist Joe Cartwright with Molly Hammer
Guitarist Matt Hopper hosts a jazz jam at the Phoenix at 8th and Central from 7:00 – 11:00. Musicians bring your axe
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Bram’s B3 Bombers from 9:00 – 12:00
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has the Peter Schlamb Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents keyboardist Joe Cartwright with Duck Warner from 6:00 – 10:00
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Eric Caplan from 6:00 – 10:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main has Michael Pagan from 6:00 – 9:00
Wednesday, October 22
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Ken Lovern’s Organ Jazz Trio from 9:00 – 12:00
The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood features clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has the Peter Schlamb Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main features pianist Mark Lowrey from 6:00 – 9:00
Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features B3 Vibrations with Rich Hill at 7:00
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Ryan Howard from 7:00 – 11:00
The American Restaurant presents vocalist Shay Estes from 6:00 – 9:00
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has Lady Mac from 6:00 – 10:00
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has Havilah Bruders from 7:00 – 11:00.
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents keyboardist Max Groove from 6:00 – 10:00
Thursday, October 23
The Westport Coffee House Theater on Pennsylvania in Westport presents the KU Jazz Combo I at 8:00
The Blue Room at 18th and Vine has organist Ryan Howard from 7:00 – 11:00
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents saxophonist Brett Jackson from 9:00 – 12:00
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway features pianist Mark Lowrey from 6:00 – 10:00
Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features vocalist Peggy Chilson at 7:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents A la Mode from 6:00 – 10:00
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has the Everette Freeman trio from 5:30 – 11:30
Jazz: a Louisiana Kitchen at 39th and State Line Road presents Grand Marquis at 7:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main has Tim Whitmer at the piano from 6:00 – 9:00
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has guitarist Rick Bacus from 7:00 – 11:00.
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has Daisy Bouquet and the Michael Pagan Trio from 6:00 – 10:00
Friday, October 24
The Uptown Theater at 37th and Broadway brings in Ani DiFranco with opening act jazz violinist Jenny Scheinman at 8:00
The New Take 5 Coffee Bar at 6601 W 135th features the Rob Scheps/Roger Rosenberg Quintet from 8:00 – 10:30
The Riot Room at 4048 Broadway Kansas City Academy at 79th and Main has the Jorge Arana Trio at 8:00
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Tim Whitmer from 5:30 – 8:30 followed by Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 from 10:00 – 2:00
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway features guitarist Brian Ruskin for happy hour at 4:30 followed by vocalist Dave Stephens with Hermon Mehari from 7:00 – 11:00. Pianist Mark Lowrey finishes the evening at the Broadway from 11:30 – 1:30
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has Lonnie McFadden from 4:30 – 8:30 followed by the MGD’s until 1:00.
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Bram Wijnands from 7:00 – 11:00
Louie’s Wine Dive at 71st and Wornall has live music from 7:00 – 11:00
The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road presents pianist Dave McCubbin tonight from 8:00 – midnight.
Californo’s at 4124 Pennsylvania features pianist Charles Pridgen every Friday from 7:00 – 10:00
The Friday Indigo hour at the Blue Room at 18th and Vine features James “Fuzzy” West at 5:30 followed by Lee Langston from 8:30 – 12:30.
The Intercontinental Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway presents vocalist Lori Tucker tonight from 8:00 – 12:00
The Mutual Musicians’ Foundation at 1823 Highland has the Friday late night jam at 1:00 AM
The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood presents clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30 Friday
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Max Groove from 6:00 – 11:00.
Piropos at 4141 North Mulberry Drive in Briarcliff presents Mike Ning with Sherry Brummett tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 followed by Dan Sturdevant with Shay Estes.
Café Trio at 4558 Main presents pianist and vocalist Alice Jenkins Friday from 7:30 – 10:30
Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26
The Topeka Jazz Workshop at the Ramada Inn in Topeka brings in guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli Sunday from 3:00 – 5:00
The New Take 5 Coffee Bar at 6601 W 135th features bassist Gerald Spaits Saturday from 8:00 – 10:30. Sunday baritone saxophonist Roger Rosenberg presents a jazz clinic at the Take 5 from 3:00 – 6:00. Musicians bring your axe.
The Blue Room at 18th and Vine presents kkfi’s own Jazz Disciple with Paula Saunders and Jason Goudeau from 8:30 – 12:30 Saturday
The Green Lady Lounge at 18th and Grand presents Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle from 6:00 – 9:00 followed by OJT from 10:00 – 2:00 Saturday. Sunday the 627 Foundation Big Band appears at the Green Lady from 8:30 – 11:30.
The Broadway Jazz Club at 3601 Broadway has vocalist Angela Hagenbach Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00 followed by Linnaia McKenzie until 1:30. Sunday vocalist Laura Chalk performs a jazz brunch at the Broadway Club from 10:30 – 3:00
The Majestic Restaurant at 9th and Broadway has pianist Bram Wijnands from 7:00 – 11:00 Saturday. Sunday pianist Rich Hill performs a jazz brunch at the Majestic and pianist Patrick Gilbert appears from 6:00 – 8:00 Sunday.
Californo’s has pianist Marilyn Wood every Saturday and Rich Hill every Sunday from 7:00 – 10:00.
EBT at 435 and State Line features Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman from 6:00 – 10:00 Saturday
YJ’s at 18th and Wyandotte has bassist Bryan Hicks every Sunday from 7:00 – 10:00
The American Restaurant presents vocalist Shay Estes from 7:00 – 10:00 Saturday
Grand Marquis performs outdoors Saturday at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway from 4:00 – 7:00
Chaz at the Raphael Hotel at Wornall and Ward Parkway features Steve Gray with Shannon Lipps for the Saturday brunch from 10:00 – 1:00 followed by vocalist Angela Hagenbach from 7:00 – 11:00. Eboni Fondren sings the Sunday brunch at Chaz at 10:00 AM
The Phoenix at 8th and Central has a jazz brunch Saturday with Alex Abramowitz and the swingin’ Kansas City Fives from 10:00 – 2:00 and pianist Tim Whitmer from 4:30 – 8:30 followed by vocalist Molly Hammer from 9:00 – 1:00
The Piano Room at 8410 Wornall Road presents pianist Dave McCubbin tomorrow night from 8:00 – midnight.
The Bristol at 119th and Nall has the Grege Meise Trio Trio Sunday from 5:00 – 8:00
The Mutual Musicians’ Foundation at 1823 Highland has the Saturday late night jam at 1:00 AM
The Gaslight Grill at 5020 W 137th St in Leawood brings in clarinetist Lynn Zimmer from 6:30 – 9:30 Saturday, and Sunday
Sullivan’s at 119th and Roe has pianist Chris Clarke on Saturday from 7:00 – 11:00. Sunday Lonnie McFadden appears at Sullivan’s from 5:30 – 9:00
Piropos at 4141 North Mulberry Drive in Briarcliff features Tiffany Miller from 6:30 – 10:30 Saturday
Ophelia’s in Independence Square has Candace Evans from 6:00 – 9:00
Café Trio at 4558 Main presents pianist and vocalist Alice Jenkins Friday and Saturday from 7:30 – 10:30
Post-rock isn’t an easy genre to carve out your own niche in. Too pulverizing and you’ll immediately be lumped in with Swans’ apocalyptic racket. If you opt for a tense, jittery sound you’re bound to be thrown into the same abandoned quarry Slint floats in. Attempting to conquer death with skyward guitars and voluminous drums will put you right in line behind Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Even mellowing out and doing some inward exploration risks unfair Tortoise comparisons. In short, there’s no winning when it comes to operating in the post-rock genre.
Which is precisely what makes Kansas City artists Chris Shelton’s Small Victories EP so revelatory. I think of every one of those aforementioned bands when I see “post-rock” as a genre tag, but the music itself doesn’t force me to make comparisons. In fact hearing “Homework”‘s limpid guitars lines appended to a calm drum pattern, makes the comparison game nearly impossible. I can’t or don’t want to think about anything. Instead I’m far more comfortable kicking my feet up and staring endlessly out my window. The song’s dulcet background woos mirror the sigh of contentment you let out while enjoying something simple.
Not that Small Victories can be defined solely by its simplicity. As leisurely as Shelton’s guitar playing in the closing title-track sounds, it’s actually an involved latticework of tremulous runs and reverbed hiccups. Not unlike Real Estate’s sun-drenched “Talking Backwards” from earlier this year, it proves how much work goes into relaxation. A truism equally applicable to “Indigo Folds”‘ desert crawl. Though the guitar does considerably more sidewinding and the drums splay across the track, you get the sense that soon enough they’ll lay back down on some rolling hill and peer up at the stars.
If the nature references come across as trite or navel-gazing, they’re not meant to. There’s just an ease to this EP that could rarely be found in urban sprawl. Nothing, not even the flitting solo of “Parachutes” sounds anxious or confused. With Small Victories, Shelton has paved his own lane and taken his time doing it.
(You can find Small Victories as a “Name Your Price” album on Bandcamp.)
“Harsh” is how Hannibal, MO electronic-artist Lethargic1 tags their second EP Towns on Bandcamp. Seeing the adjective appear next to the word glitch, I innately suspected Crystal Castles levels of brutality to come hurling out of my laptop speakers. I was primed to turn down the volume before the song had even begun.
But that action isn’t at all necessary for Towns’ lead-off track “Rooney Mara”. In fact if you dialed down the volume a smidgen, you may not hear anything at all. Opening on confident but not overly brash drum machine taps, the track quickly segues into spaced-out skips with enough room to lie down in. It’s restful music and sleep is one of the first things I think of when I hear “Rooney Mara”. The way L3thargic1 blurs individual glitches together resembles a dream where you miraculously go from point A to B without remembering a single action along the way. And like any good dream, “Rooney Mara” is over much too quickly and you’re left wishing for it to return.
(Towns is available for download now through L3thargic1’s Bandcamp page now as a “name your price” album.)
Have you ever found yourself moving closer to a speaker, desperately hoping to make out the soft-spoken words of a song? It can be an incredibly frustrating experience, particularly if you’re right in front of it and the words still seem to float right past your ears. You may be able to hear what’s going on, but you’re not able to actually listen.
“Nov. 18 1994” by Kansas-based folk/punk/experimental act Whale’s Sink possesses that same frustrating feeling. The tenderly strummed acoustic guitar and whispered vocals seem to be competing to see who is more polite. Even with its loudest chord, the guitar wouldn’t cause a ripple on a pond and the vocals couldn’t wake the lightest sleeping baby. From the moment you press play, you get the feeling you hit the mute button instead.
Granted, a mute button may be the way to go if you can actually parse the lyrics of the fragile track. With a mordantly matter-of-fact tone the song seems to recount the joyous birth of a boy, followed quickly by his death. Through the first several listens I became more and more agitated as the involuntary eulogy “This is his end, he cannot live, this is him, he is slowing, impact of today,” was mumbled. “What the hell is wrong with you?” I quite plainly asked. Far worse than taking the wrong stand on something is to back out altogether, which “Nov. 18 1994” nimbly does. But somewhere hidden in the quiet playing and downpour of tears is a superb explanation for the avoidance. Some things in life leave you so wounded that the only way to survive is to withdraw completely.
(“Nov. 18 1994” is from Whale’s Sink latest album This Kind of Primal Laughter which you can get now through their Bandcamp.)
There’s little in the music of “Get By Get High” to support such a “psychedelic” title. On the opening track from Minneapolis folk-artist Feathered Rhino’s self-titled EP, an unnervingly ragged guitar figure emerges and lingers throughout. It doesn’t sound: detuned, out of tune, or off key, no it sounds like it’s on its last leg, like it will collapse at any second. If there’s any sort of psychedelic, it’s hidden in that haunting declaration.
And considering the weight Joseph Wilcox is putting on an already rickety frame, you’d forgive it for collapsing. Immediately Wilcox is croaking “by myself,” as though he’s been lonely for so long now all he can do is genuflect on his own isolation. What started as an attempt to “find my way” has turned into a slog to find any sort of connection. You can hear the desperation in that aforementioned croak, which winds through the rafters of an abandoned barn. At some point it gives up altogether and drifts off to sleep, where an unnamed affection’s “eyes are in my dreams at night,” as Wilcox puts it. Hidden in that haunting declaration is a tinge of psychedelia. Nothing lysergic or mind-expanding, instead the sort where you’re transfixed on a singular object. Time slows to a halt. Heavy-breathing kicks-in. The “high” shifts from physical to spiritual.
Feathered Rhino is available now on Bandcamp, courtesy of local label Petrified Records.