Kicking off Jazz at Lincoln Center’s (JALC) 2005-2006 season will be a festival dedicated to everything Kansas City: jazz, blues and barbeque. The Kansas City Festival, which will take place from Sept. 22-25, will commence with a performance by the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and special guest saxophonist and flutist Frank Wess. Titled Kansas City: K.C. and the Count, the performance will take place all three days in JALC’s Rose Theater. The Sept. 24 performance will also be broadcast live on WBGO at 8 p.m. EST in the New York City area and KCUR in the Kansas City area at 7 p.m. CST. XM Satellite Radio will also broadcast the concert on select channels.
The festival will also feature Bobby Watson’s Boogie-Woogie Jump Band and the Julliard Jazz Orchestra all three nights and a Jazz 101 class titled “Kansas City is Swing Territory,” led by executive director of the Harlem Jazz Museum Loren Schoenberg from Sept. 21-Nov. 8.
Kansas City will even export its very own barbeque to New York for the festival when Jack Stack BBQ, voted the best barbeque in Kansas City by Zagat, takes over JALC’s atrium.
The complete schedule of Kansas City Festival events is as follows:
- Kansas City: K.C. and The Count
Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis featuring guest artist Frank Wess, Thursday-Saturday, September 22, 23 & 24, Rose Theater, 8 p.m.
The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performs the music of influential Kansas City jazz musicians, particularly the legendary Count Basie and his spare signature piano style. Saxophonist Frank Wess, who played in Count Basie’s big band, joins the orchestra to play some of the best of Kansas City’s boogie-woogie jazz. This special Kansas City show integrates new talent inspired by rich tradition. Tickets: $30, $50, $75, $100, $130