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We will have LIVE Music in the Marquee Bar many Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 to 10:30pm!You don't need to see a movie to come and enjoy the music and grab a bite in our Marquee Bar and Grill

 

Friday, October 4th: Brian Ruskin and Julie Turner

Vocalist Julie Turner has long been a favorite on the Kansas City jazz scene. Her smooth voice has a versatile range and passionate intimacy that pleases all audiences, whether she's interpreting the greats like Cole Porter and George Gershwin, to The Beatles, Norah Jones, or singing her own compositions. Add to that her engaging, magnetic personality, and you will see and hear what makes Julie a hit wherever she performs.

Brian Ruskin has established himself as a force in the Kansas City music scene for the past three decade Ruskin’s unique style as a singer songwriter guitarist distinguishes him from many musician He started playing professionally at the age of 18 in the Midwest playing rock Pop funk R&B country jazz experimental and folk music The son of Tommy Ruskin and Julie Turner both pillars in the Kansas City jazz community raised him on performance income It is no doubt that being surrounded by music since his birth had something to do with his chosen profession like many seasoned improvisers Brian dug in to recordings on is record player and began playing by ear He was fortunate to have access to many eclectic recordings through his family record collection Brian has been a fixture throughout the region and spent several years as a significant part of the Austin TX music scene.

Saturday, October 5th: Candace Evans Duo

Candace Evans is a jewel on the Midwest music scene. One of the region's most popular and versatile pianist/vocalists, she can be found performing everything from jazz standards to semi-classical works. She has recently been named as 'Who to Watch in KC Jazz', by Visit KC, Kansas City's official tourism site, and she performs regularly at the region's top venues.

“Evans accompanies herself on piano, a double-threat talent. And though her repertoire is wide – from Broadway to classic pop – you’ll find no bubbly lounge jazz in her bevy of songs. Evans is a powerhouse, whether she’s delivering a ballad with smooth precision or putting her own fiery twist on jazz standards and blues numbers.”

Friday, October 11th: Jazzy Jazz Duo

“Jazzy Jazz” is a local Kansas City singer and flautist with a formal background in both classical and jazz music. Born and raised in Okinawa, Japan, she pursued her formal music education with a full Scholarship to The New England Conservatory of Music and later Berkelee School of Music. Jazzy Jazzy’s love of blues/rock gained her recognition as a Kansas City International Blues Competition winner. Jazzy Jazz is best known for her diverse musical catalogue blending classical, blues/jazz, rock, pop and soul. Her deep sultry voice and sassy swinging flute delivers a performance that the Kauffman Center for the Performing showcased. Join us for an evening of Jazzy Jazz Music.

Saturday, October 12th: A La Mode

A La Mode will leave you thinking you’ve been transported back in time! You will be immersed in an experience that spotlights the very essence of Prohibition-era Kansas City.

The spirits of Django Reinhardt and the sultry songstresses of the past are alive and well in the present – all that it takes is a trip downtown to see KC Jazz band A La Mode. Led by UMKC graduate, guitarist Clayton DeLong and enchanting songstress Jesica “Baby J” DeLong, A La Mode takes that authentic, swinging, improvisational Kansas City style and blends it with French and gypsy jazz. Joined by KC’s finest players on upright bass, violin, drums, brass and more, A La Mode is a staple of today’s Kansas City Jazz scene. Their debut album, “C’est si Bón” was released in October of 2016 and can be heard on jazz radio stations across the US.

Friday, October 18th: Rich Hill Duo

Pianist-vocalist Rich Hill has a personal sound steeped in the rich jazz, blues and gospel traditions of his Kansas City hometown. His keyboard style is grounded in the long tradition of jazz piano from ragtime to stride, bebop and modern jazz. Depending on the song, he might play something that sounds like Fats Waller, then something with a kind of Bill Evans or Chick Corea feel, followed by a tune suggesting Ray Charles’ blues-tinged earthiness. His success entertaining audiences with his keyboard and vocal talents while maintaining a certain standard of artistry is a notable accomplishment proven by continued demand for bookings.

Saturday, October 19th: Amber Underwood Duo

Jazz flutist, educator, band director, model and vocalist Amber Underwood is a native of Kansas City and has been entertaining and performing music since the tender age of 8. Beginning her musical journey on the piano and soon after began playing classical flute.
Amber has been a presence in the Kansas City jazz scene making a place and a voice for her instrument. In the beginning of 2014 the Amber Underwood Project was formed with original members Drew Davis, DeAndre Manning, and Tyree Johnson with the mission to showcase an instrument that is normally used as an auxiliary instrument in jazz but now as a solo instrument. AUP is a modern and fresh take on smooth jazz and R&B sounds. AUP uses the rich tones and colors of the flute to interpret the various styles and genres of jazz.

Friday, October 25th: Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss Duo

Rod Fleeman has been playing the guitar for 30 years. Following his studies at the University of Miami, Rod moved to New York City where he toured and recorded extensively with the jazz fusion group Dry Jack.

 

Saturday, October 26th: Lori Tucker Duo

Lori Tucker is a versatile vocalist and an entrepreneur. Lori’s expressive vocals have enabled her to hold long term engagements in many of Kansas City’s finest venues. In addition to rhythm and blues, jazz and blues she’s widely recognized in the gospel arena. On numerous occasions, she was a featured guest with the world famous Twentieth Century Ink Spots and has performed with Everette DeVan and the late Richard “Groove” Holmes. She has also performed the National Anthem for many civic and sports events, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the Kansas City Royals. Lori was also co-owner of Grace Audio/Video Enterprises, LLC and a member of the award winning vocal group, The Wild Women of Kansas City. Since the early 70’s, the public has enjoyed her melodic tones on recordings, radio and television.