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Jazz Futures: Future of Jazz Scholarships

Beginning on Thursday, October 12th, 2023, The KC Jazz Ambassadors will present their third annual Future of Jazz Scholarship Program concerts at the Uptown Lounge, 34th and Main Streets, in the midst of Kansas City’s exciting new Main Street Corridor renovation.

Dan Thomas, who worked side by side with Bobby Watson at UMKC brings his #1 band from Ottawa University, at 7pm, for the maiden voyage.

The Uptown Lounge is rapidly shaping up to be an important place to see and be seen. This richly appointed lounge features a younger group of musicians catering to a vibrant neighborhood crowd.

In fact, Recent Jazz Futures participants, bassist Jordan Faught and pianist & vocalist Parker Woolworth, are drawing record crowds on Tuesday nights at The Uptown with veteran vocalist Eboni Fondren. Act now to plan to come experience Kansas City’s future jazz greats and make an evening of it at the Uptown.

We’re confirming dates now and we’ll offer the complete line-up as it unfolds. We’ve moved from Downtown, to Uptown and we’ll present the same exciting show with a comfortable and intimate atmosphere, excellent sound, piano and backline equipment. And each college band earns a generous donation to their school’s jazz program. You’re invited too, to ‘feed the kitty’ with all of the Thursday concert tips going directly to the educational program.

Special thanks go to Jean and Alan Stribling, of the Uptown Lounge for offering the Lounge for jazz education. Patrons must be 21, or accompanied by their guardians. The Uptown is open Tuesday through Saturday evening at 5 and offers live performance and cocktails each evening.

Ottawa University, Dan Thomas, Director—October 12, 2023

TBA—November 9, 2023

TBA—December 14, 2023 – JAM annual meeting and JAM Awards

Merry Christmas—Happy New Year!

TBA—January 18, 2024

KC Jazz Academy, Clarence Smith, Director—February 22, 2024

University Of Missouri, KC, Carl Allen, Director—March 21, 2024

TBA—April 18, 2024

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