Get your tickets today for Just the Two of Us, presented by The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, an evening of contemporary jazz with guest saxophonist Kirk Whalum. The performance will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
Fans of big band music, smooth jazz, and musicians including Grover Washington and George Benson will not be disappointed. Forged from his Memphis gospel roots and his 1980‘s initiation into the thriving Houston nightclub scene, saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s big, rich, tenor sound has been called “soulful, passionate, stirring,” and ultimately his own. This fresh take on contemporary jazz, from smooth, funky, and everywhere In between, promises to blow the roof off of Helzberg Hall!
Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Clint Ashlock stated, “On March 12th at the Kauffman Center, KCJO is featuring Grammy Award winner Kirk Whalum, for our third season concert, Just The Two Of Us. Focusing on great tunes out of the contemporary jazz genre arranged for big band, this night will be magical! We’re going to take memorable tunes like “Breezin,” “Mister Magic,” and the title cut: “Just The Two Of Us,” a Grover Washington and Bill Withers classic that transcends jazz, R&B, pop, and soul, and reimagine it for our big band. Always with a deep connection to Kansas City jazz, you’ll never hear something that’s so smooth, swinging this hard!”
Purchase tickets online or over the phone at 816.994.7222.
The origin of jazz lies in another great Black American art form: the blues. But the relationship that Kansas City jazz has with the blues is unique, maintaining a strong association throughout the past century.…