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Future of Jazz Series Concludes with High School All-Stars

The KC Jazz Ambassador’s Future of Jazz scholarship & internship program

concludes its inaugural year of performances. On Tuesday, May 9 from 7 to 9pm you’ll get a chance to enjoy the best high school jazz musicians in the city at Johnnie’s Downtown Jazz Club, located at 14th and Main Street in Kansas City. There’s no cover charge to enjoy these wonderful up and coming players—the next generation of Kansas City jazz greats.

The Live Jazz KC High School All-Star Big Band brings together some of our town’s top young musicians. “It’s the best of the best,” explains KCJA board member Herschel McWilliams. A talented saxophonist himself, McWilliams, publishes Live Jazz KC, an online and up-to-date local jazz schedule.

They have assembled this year’s all-star high school ensemble.

"To end the first swingin' season of Future of Jazz, Herschel hand-picked

this high school ensemble to play Johnnie's Downtown,” said noted Future of Jazz host

David Basse. “I can't wait to join the fun."

The Jazz Ambassadors give $500 to jazz studies scholarships to schools participating in the program. For its inaugural 2021-22 season, the Future of Jazz series has so far contributed $4,500 to scholarship programs at UMKC, KCK Community College, and Ottawa university.

Johnnie’s Downtown at 14th and Main Street, features a full restaurant menu, including a $2 Taco Tuesday special and a full bar. The Future of Jazz program will start up again in October of 2022 with more great music performed by area college and university jazz combos.

For more information, visit the Jazz Ambassadors website at

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