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Kansas City Jazz Greats Share Their Smooth, Contemporary, and Innovative Sound

Winterlude, a jazz festival designed to keep us warm and comfortable while attending a winter jazz festival, is a highly successful idea turned tradition at the Midwest Trust Center.

This month, the Eclipse Trio and Poet Glenn North create an event that celebrates the long-standing tradition of combining Jazz with Spoken Word, from which Rap, Hip Hop, other popular genres have evolved and shaped popular music worldwide.

The Eclipse Trio features Everett Freeman on piano & keyboards, DeAndre Manning at the bass and Jam Awards drummer of the year, Michael Warren at the drums. Poet and activist Glenn North rounds out the group with themes that he created with Bobby Watson, for the groundbreaking album, Check Cashing Day, for the I Have a Dream Project from 2013.

The performance is from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Polsky Theatre at the Midwest Trust Center on the JCCC campus on Sunday, January 23rd.

All our performances have been masked and distanced, and protocols will be listed by the MTC box office when they open the 2022 season on Jan. 4.

Mixing elements of jazz, funk, rhythm and blues and gospel, Eclipse takes listeners on a contemporary R&B auditory journey unlike any other.

The Kansas City-based Eclipse Trio is known for taking jazz standards and well-known rhythm and blues melodies and giving them new and inventive treatments. The performance features Everett Freeman on vocals and piano, DeAndré Manning on bass and Michael Warren on drums.

Eclipse members have a combined 75 years in the music business, performing for audiences and teaching the art of music making and music history to young artists across the globe. Each Eclipse member has a catalog of recorded music as leaders and side men for national and international artists.

Glenn North is an award-winning poet, activist, educator, and arts executive based in Kansas City. He is executive director at the Bruce A. Watkins Cultural Center and previously served at the American Jazz Museum and Black Archives of Kansas City/Mid-America. North earned his master’s degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with his thesis, “Pro-Black Prosody." He also conducts workshops on ekphrastic poetry, how to use poetry to address social justice issues, and self-empowerment for disenfranchised students through reflective poetry.

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