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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 Grille!

 

Friday, February 1st: 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, February 2nd: Kelley Gant Duo

Now based in Kansas City, jazz vocalist Kelley Gant has been performing professionally for more than ten years. Beginning with an education in choral performance, she is currently performing as a lead vocalist and in small ensembles. Mentored by guitarist Wayne Goins (director, KSU jazz studies), she later launched herself as a band-leader, performing jazz regularly in Chicago and Kansas City, and touring through Mexico and the United States. She currently leads a large event band, working regularly in the Midwest.

Friday, February 8th: Delynia Brown Duo

Delynia Jannell is a native of Kansas City Kansas, born into a musical family she began singing at the early age of 2 at her church, where her father the late Elder James C. Bailey Jr. pastored for over 20 years. Music has always been her passion and because of it she has been blessed to use her gift in different music genres and has worked with many artist. She has had the opportunity to work with national recording artist(s) TechN9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Stevie Stone, E-40, Kyla Jade (NBC "The Voice" 2018 Season 14 Contestant), and gospel artist Issac Cates to name a few. You can find Delynia Jannell in the 18th & Vine Jazz District at The Blue Room regularly but she sings throughout the Kansas City metro area. Everyday this artist is broadening her platform and looking forward to traveling with the "Phil Collins Experience" Tour in 2019.

Saturday, February 9th: Charlotte Fletcher Duo

Charlotte's first time recording was with her Uncle Charles McCormick, lead singer of Bloodstone. She performed on their project "Bloodstone, Now That's What I'm Talkin' Bout" singing some lead vocals on the track titled "God Knows" in 2004. During the same year, she also sang for her Uncle Larry McCormick's funeral. He was the first african american anchorman in Los Angeles. She has won countless singing competitions including Isle Make You A Star w/ the Isle of Capri Casino and TD Jakes Megafest. She has shared the stage with multiple gospel artists including Donnie McClurkin, J Moss, Byron Cage. She also opened for Mary Mary, John P Kee and The Mighty Clouds of Joy in 2007 in Texas. Charlotte was a 2012 X-Factor contestant, received four standing ovations and traveled to Miami to film for the show however, the audition was not televised. She is determined to continue what God has placed her on this earth to do, and that is, to lift bowed-heads and to encourage those who face adversity. The words that she attempts to live by: "If I can help somebody as I travel along. If I can cheer somebody with a word or song. If I can help somebody from doing wrong. Then my living will not be in vain" Mahalia Jackson

Friday, February 15th: Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss

One of the best guitarists ever to come out of Kansas City, Rod Fleeman uses acoustic guitar to showcase his love of of ’30s and ’40s jazz, blues and swing. Fingerstyle guitarist and singer Dan Bliss shows his old style guitar talents on tunes by artists such as Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Chuck Berry. Together, they produce a big sound, an irresistible vibe that moves audiences – sometimes to get their jittterbug groove on.

Kansas City blues & jazz fans’ passions will be stoked by this sensational guitar duo. Rod Fleeman is one of KC's best known jazz guitarists. He has toured with notable artists such as Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson, Jay McShann and Claude "Fiddler" Williams. In addition to performing, Rod teaches guitar at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. Dan Bliss is an acoustic jazz and blues guitarist who has performed for Midwest audiences for more than 20 years. He has recorded 2 CDs, has opened for blues greats, and performed solo and in ensembles

 

Saturday, February 16th: J Love Band

The J Love Band is one of the hottest Funk, Soul and R&B bands in the Kansas City area. J Love and her talented band generates energy and excitement everywhere they perform. Their repertoire primarily consists classic soul and R&B music from legendary artist such as Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Etta James and many others. In addition, this all-star group is capable of performing instrumental jazz.

 

Friday, February 22nd: Chris Foster Duo

Chris has been performing professionally for 26 years. To date he has performed over 5000 gigs for Such clients as Walt Disney World, Ritz Carlton Resorts, The American Red Cross and many many more. 

In 2006 Chris and co-writer Stacey Knights won the American Idol Underground songwriting competition (jazz category) with the song titled "Morning Monk".

Also in 2006 Chris won the Liberty Missouri Performing Arts New Artist Showcase. 

In 2003 he was recognized by the Government of Key West Florida for his Composition titled "Storm of the Century" and his musical depiction of the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane.

In 2002 His song "Palma De Mallorca" was recognized by the King of Spain. He is noted for his great skill of guitar playing that is showcased on his Christmas CD and his Back To Brazil CD.

Saturday, February 23rd: Havilah Bruders Duo

Havilah Bruders performs a variety of genres as though each was her sole focus. Raised in a singing family, this classically trained vocalist claims the golden age of jazz and swing as the soundtrack to her life. Her ability with jazz improvisation and her love affair with jazz, swing and Delta blues makes her one of KC's favorite jazz singers. She shares the stage with iconic jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman