What Makes Kansas City Jazz Special?
Sunday, May 26th, at 2:30 pm Central Time
Where: via Zoom

It’s the PEOPLE!

During Prohibition, Kansas City embraced drinking and gambling.  It became a hub for jazz due to the resulting explosion of clubs.

Musicians from all over the country stopped at Union Station on their way to Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.  A layover of two to three days was common back then, giving them an opportunity to jam with local musicians.

They found a warm and welcoming environment.

Today, it’s not just “Midwest nice”; it’s a cultural thing.  What started with the big bands of Andy Kirk, Bennie Moten and Jay McShann lives on with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, Vine Street Rumble, and the numerous local jazz study programs.

While styles may have changed, the same family attitude remains today. Seeing other jazz musicians as collaborators — and not competitors — works to everyone’s benefit.  It’s a win-win for everyone!

Speaker Brad Gregory hosts Jazz Afternoon each Monday on local community radio station KKFI.  He is a long time featured artist with the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and leads his own groups – KC Reeds and Rhythm and the Brad Gregory Sextet.  He will share with us what makes Kansas Jazz so darned special, and the clubs you can go listen to while at the AG.

Register for this presentation at https://tinyurl.com/bdhexd4u.

You must register for each lecture with an email address associated with your Zoom account.  If you don’t have one, you can sign up for a free Zoom account at https://zoom.us/signup.

Even if you can’t attend the live Theodore Talk, as long as you register you will receive a link to a recording of the event.  All Theodore Talks have closed captioning enabled.

Theodore Talks are free to all Mensa members, in an effort to provide value to your membership.

Theodore Talks take place on Zoom the fourth Sunday of each month at 2:30 pm Central Time (3:30 Eastern, 12:30 Pacific, 7:30 GMT).

A list of future Theodore Talks can be found on the Mensa National Events Calendar at: https://www.us.mensa.org/attend/calendar/

NOTE:  This is the fifth of six Theodore Talks focusing on KC-related subjects leading up to the 2024 AG, which will be held in Kansas City, July 3-7. You can learn more about the AG here.

Questions?  Contact Brad Lucht at [email protected].