OFF THE VINE column – American Jazz Museum

Kansas City’s 18th & Vine Jazz and Blues Festival was the Visitors Choice Award winner this year.  This is the 3rd year that the festival has won this award.  Thank you Kansas City visitors and congratulations to the production team for creating such a wonderful community oriented festival again in 2013.  The festival has been approved by the American Jazz Museum Board of Directors for production next year and will be held on Saturday, October 11, 2014. See the festival portal online at

The Blue Room continues presenting the best in jazz during December 2013 and January 2014.  Be sure to join us in the Blue Room for our annual New Year’s Eve Party is a double-bill of music affair featuring Doug Talley with Julie Turner from 8pm until10pm; then, Charles Williams’ Motown Review featuring Chavona Adams from 10pm until 12:30. New Year’s Eve in the Blue Room includes Buffet, Free Champagne, Drinks Specials & Door prizes!  See the Blue Room portal online at and call 816.474.6262 for tickets.

The American Jazz Museum is pleased to announce another great exhibition in our Changing Gallery, titled: “Convergence: Jazz, Films, Dance and the Visual Arts”. A collaboration between the American Jazz Museum and the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, Convergence shines a light on more than 60 significant works of African American art that have a strong connection to the jazz aesthetic in combination with rare jazz film footage capturing the art as it evolved in the early part of the 20th century.  At our grand opening reception on November 8th, we enjoyed live music by the James Ward/Matt Hopper Band and a keynote by Dr. Robert O’Meally of Columbia University. His talk, “Looking at the Music: Jazz and the Visual Arts,” considers jazz music as a model for the structures, rhythms, and colors of contemporary visual art. What does it mean to visualize jazz?  Our 90+ attendees were mesmerized from the beginning to the thought provoking conclusion of Dr. O’Meally’s presentation.  For the first time, two important American institutions are joining forces to collaborate on a significant project centered on a uniquely American art form, Jazz.  Convergence: The Intersection of visual, film, dance and performance art in Jazz is collaboration between the American Jazz Museum (Kansas City, MO) and the David C Driskell Center at the University of Maryland (College Park).

Public Programs are as follows: 

o Blue Room Performance: 

Convergence In Blue featuring Eddie Moore and the Outer Circle is December 12, 2013 – 7:00 pm

o Jazz Poetry Jams: 

“ConWORDgence” is January 21, 2014 – 7:00 pm

o Stories from the Vine: 

“One-On-One” with Dr. David C. Driskell is February 27, 2014 – 6:00 pm

o Jazz Storytelling: 

“I See Jazz, I Hear Jazz” is March 7, 2014 – 10:00 am

o Jazz Under the Lens with Greg Carroll is April 1, 2014 – 6:00 pm

o “C5”…..Convergence Concert & Collective Creative Conversation is April 10, 2014 – 6:00 pm

This exhibit will be in Kansas City from November 8, 2013 – April 27, 2014.


After the successful season opening concert on September 6 featuring Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band with special guest, James Carter during their brilliantly collective Latin interpretations of the music of John Coltrane – OLE COLTRANE.  The capacity audience was treated to inspired performances.  The remaining four concerts of the Jammin’ at the Gem performance series portend to be equally engaging.

CONCERT 2: Sat. Feb. 15 – Najee: The smooth jazz legend performs music from his latest release and pays tribute to some of the music of the late Kansas City jazz legend and American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award fellow, Alaadeen.

CONCERT 3: Sat. Mar. 22 – Newport 60th Anniversary Tour featuring Anat Cohen with luminaries: Karrin Allyson, Randy Brecker, Mark Whitfield, Larry Grenadier, Peter Martin, and Clarence Penn. A sure winner. 

CONCERT 4: Sat. Apr. 19 – Lifetime Achievement Concert! featuring Dr. Nathan Davis, who brings an ensemble including NEA Jazz Master Curtis Fuller, along with George Cables, Abraham Laboriel, and Winard Harper.  Not to be missed. 

CONCERT 5: Sat. May 17 – Massey Hall 50th Anniversary featuring Bill Charlap and his trio of Kenny Washington and Peter Washington performing with special guests Jon Faddis and Jesse Davis in celebration of the historic Massey Hall Concert.  A stunning jazz trio performing with two virtuosos in the roles of Dizzy and Bird – you bet!

Single Concert Pricing: 

  • $40 – MEMBERS
  • $35 – STUDENT with ID
  • $35 – SENIOR (65 & order)

Jazz Waltz (3-Pack) Pricing:

  • $111 – MEMBERS
  • $96 – SENIOR MEMBERS (65 & order)
  • $96 – STUDENT with ID
  • $111 – FUTURE SENIOR MEMBERS (65 & order)

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TICKETMASTER or Call (816) 474-6262 to place your order!

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OFF THE VINE column – American Jazz Museum

Chris Burnett, Marketing + Communication Manager