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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, April 5th: 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, April 6th:  Delynia Jannell 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.

Friday, April 12th: Millie Edwards Duo

Edwards is known in Kansas City for her big voice and wide vocal range. She has been a regular on the Kansas City jazz and blues circuit, performing at the best clubs and in radio and television spots. Music critics have praised her as revealing “a confident, full-range voice that has no doubt been heard in church on many a Sunday.” Her singing has been characterized as being both honest and dynamic, and her phrasing is credited for finding new reflections from old, familiar words.

 

 

Saturday, April 13th: Havilah Bruders Duo

Havilah Bruders is a versatile and soulful Kansas City vocalist who 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

Friday, April 19th: A La Mode Duo

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.

Saturday, April 20th: 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.

 

Friday, April 26th: Emily Frost Duo

Headliner Emily Frost is a versatile singer, composer, actor and recording artist whose vocal leanings are toward jazz and alternative rock music and leans delightfully toward jazz standards.

Saturday, April 27th: 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.