The Kansas City Aviation Department is well aware that Kansas City International Airport is the front door to the Kansas City area. The department has close ties with the City of KCMO, convention and visitors bureaus, chambers of commerce and economic development agencies in the team effort to bring business and tourism to the area. The department also wants to greet these and other visitors Kansas City-style. The department is teaming up with the American Jazz Museum to with a welcome mat like no other: live Kansas City Jazz music.
The American Jazz Museum will provide Blue Room jazz club artists who will play during peak arrival times on Sundays, Mondays and Fridays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Aviation Department Facilities Maintenance craftsmen built a small stage in Terminal B by the Southwest Airlines baggage claim where Blue Room jazz musicians can play so visitors will be greeted with Kansas City jazz tunes. Located in the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District in Kansas City, Missouri, the American Jazz Museum showcases the sights and sounds of jazz through interactive exhibits and films, the Changing Gallery exhibit space, Horace M. Peterson III Visitors Center, Gem Theater and Blue Room jazz club. The Blue Room provides a distinctive platform to present dynamic performances from the best local and national jazz talent in an intimate setting. “Kansas City’s jazz heritage goes back many years,” said Director of Aviation Pat Klein. “At KCI it includes a partnership with the UMKC Marr Sound Archives that provided interpretive panels about Kansas City jazz and other local history. We are proud to partner with the American Jazz Museum in creating positive first impressions about Kansas City with top-notch live entertainment.” “Presenting live Jazz music at the airport showcases and highlights Kansas City’s music heritage and the significant role it played and continues to play in the development of America’s true art form,” states Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Executive Director of the American Jazz Museum.
On Friday, April 14 at 1:30 pm the stage will be debuted with a press briefing and a kick-off performance by the Blue Room All-Stars, featuring the McFadden Brothers. The upcoming performance schedule is as follows: Sunday, April 16th - Angela Ward Trio Monday, April 17th- Charles Williams Trio Friday, April 21st – John Paul Drum Sunday, April 23rd – Stan Kessler Monday, April 24th- Everett Freeman Friday, April 29th – Eddie Moore Sunday, April 30th – Kenny Glover
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The American Jazz Museum celebrates and exhibits the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education and research at the historic jazz crossroads – 18th & Vine. Learn more by visiting americanjazzmuseum.org.