Taylor Smith is new to Kansas City from a small town known as Kinston, NC. Competing in IBC to represent Kansas City, and opening this years annual Phoenixfest, he is already making waves! His musical abilities are influenced by a strong gospel background and icons such as Jimi Hendrix, the Allman brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a plethora of others including various jazz, soul and funk artists. High- energy shows featuring groovy and intriguing electric guitar solos is what you can expect from this southern- born musician. Taylor is enjoying Kansas City and looking forward to bringing his unique flavor to the stages of the community.
Max Levy plays a variety of straight-ahead jazz, swing and blues, and is heavily influenced by jazz artists ranging from Sonny Rollins to Kansas City swing legends Lester Young and Ben Webster. Every time Max performs, he invokes an energetic spirit that works to connect his music with any audience.
Sam plays every style of music you can think of from Jazz reggae to Country blues! From touring the world playing Jazz with Milt Abel, Chris Cheek and Gerald Trottman, to playing country in Nashville with Ashley Ray. Sam combines his playful personality with his serious study of music. The Circus will keep you on your toes! Sam Platt born in Carthage Missouri, dad and his brothers owned Flex O Lators Inc that produced innerds of bedding, car seats, couches, laz e boys, etc, he played country guitar. Mom was a touring Opera singer, they raised Quarter Horses on their farm. All State Band 1986, toured Europe playing tympani with Collegiate Wind Ensemble, scholarship to UMKC, played with Milt Abel, Rich Hill, 86-88,then graduated from Berklee in Boston 1991, Masters from UMKC in Percussion 1994, Played 2 years at Majestic Steakhouse, taught at KC Drumworks, taught at Paseo Academy, went to Laguna Beach in 1995 taught with Taylor Hawkins at Music House,He played jazz around LA, bought Redhouse Recording moved back to Lenexa, then Lawrence, KS. toured Europe 3 summers with Polish American Jazz Foundation. taught in Warsaw and Krakow. Recorded and played drums on tons of albums, William S. Burroughs, commercials, etc in Lawrence. Played with Ricky Dean Sinatra, Inferno Swing Club, Ashley Ray, Worked at MK12 when it started late 1999 2000. Head engineer at Premier Studios in 2003, met and started playing with Anthony Ladesich, Pendergast, then Scott Easterday Marco Rich in Expassionates. Hadacol – Rich Fred Wickham, Greg Wickham, Naughty Pines, now Douglas Co. Quintet with Alan Murphy, Jr Bernard (Fear and Whiskey) Doug Byers, Micheal Lemon from Hollar. Recorded all the audio in the Liberty Memorial Museum over 10,000 files for displays. wrote music for John Deere, Cuties Oranges, Dish Network, played on jingles with Marco for Indigo Wild and Big Fur documentary. Recorded Audio for Budweiser, Southwest Airlines, Grundfos, Metro bus gps, Cessna, Cobalt Boats, the Speed Channel, Disney, and George Brett.
Over the last 10 years Heather Newman has been leaving her footprints in the blues scene of her hometown Omaha, NE before relocating to Kansas City. Confidence and presence paired with her vocal prowess, always left the crowd hanging on the edge of their seats wanting more. With that, Kansas City accepted her with open arms as she made her debut with the Nick Schnebelen Band. For the past two years she toured, wrote, and recorded with the NSB before breaking off to form her own soulful blues band. You can find Heather’s sultry vocals on Brad Hoshaw and the Seven Deadlies Funeral Guns, Kris Lager Band Heavy Soul and Boogie Trance, and most recently, Nick Schnebelen Band Live at Knucklehead’s Vol. 1.
Get in the Saint Patricks Day Spirt with Into the Sun. A trio with Molly McLaughlin on flute, whistle and vocals, Gordon Bearss on guitar, mandocello and vocals and Dave Agee on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and vocals.
Chalis O’Neal has studied jazz trumpet at the university of Missouri kansas city. Born and raised in kansas city Chalis is also a member of the live up beat band the hearts of darkness which is a afro beat band that blends hip hop, soul and r&B. Means in the band Vitamin C which is a band that blends in jazz, r&b and lots of energy.
Alex Abramovitz and His Swing’n Kansas City Jazz Band was founded in 2008 by Alex Abramovitz, a trumpet and flugelhornist, and, pianist, Wayne Alexander as The Dynamic Jazz Duo. During the first few months of the duo’s existence, Dynamic Jazz performed a variety of small events, including the spring JCCC Recitals, Spirit of Mission Days, and the Mission Arts and East Festival. Soon, thereafter, the group renamed itself Swing’n. In the first five years of the band’s existence, and under several different lineups, the group channeled its focus in the genres of cool jazz, post-bop, and bebop. The group played many “High-Profile” events including the Governor’s Reception for the State of Kansas and the National Federation of Republican Women’s 2011 National Convention. After taking some time off, Alex began working on rebranding the group, changing the focus of the group, and studying the history and heritage of Kansas City Jazz. In October 2013, after a two-year pause, Alex Abramovitz and His Swing’n Kansas City 2 performed their 2nd Inaugural Performance at Black Dog Coffeehouse in Lenexa, Kansas featuring Rick Long on the Drums in addition to Alex and Wayne. A few weeks later Alex would bring in a young up-and-coming tenor sax player, Boyd Wilson, and Boyd’s schoolmate Seth Davis, a guitarist; with these additions Rick would be moved to play bass in order to bring back the group’s primary drummer, Jonathan Davidson. With the current lineup the name of the group changed to Alex Abramovitz and His Swing’n Kansas City 5. On December 14, 2013, Alex Abramovitz and His Swing’n Kansas City 5 played the first, of many, Saturday Jazz Brunches at The Phoenix, a high-profile jazz and blues venue in Kansas City. With Personnel changes coming about in January 2013, Alex quickly renamed the group, Alex Abramovitz and His Swing’n Kansas City Jazz Band, with uncertainty in the air, as Wayne quit the group for the second time. With the addition of Tantrum Niche Records, and pianist John Maxfield, the band found themselves in the recording studio for the first time in May 2014. The band’s debut album, SCAMP’S ALLEY, was released at The Kill Devil Club on August 21, 2014; the release date, however would be the last performance by Seth Davis with the group. In September 2014, the band was featured in The Kansas City Star, along with The Phoenix, in an article highlighting the Saturday Jazz Brunch. This helped to solidify the success of the Jazz Brunch, and the group. On December 6, 2014, the band celebrated their One Year Anniversary Brunch with a LIVE recording session; the charts were good enough that they will be featured in two upcoming albums, to be released, by the group. In December 2014, the band faced more personnel changes as drummer Jonathan Davidson left the group, and saxophonist Boyd Wilson was forced to step back due to school. This lead to a period of experimentation with the group’s lineup; pianist, Joel Schuman, left the group that May, appearing periodically throughout the rest of 2015. Upon Joel’s departure, the group welcomed, bassist, Carly Atwood to the group, and Rick Long moved to drums; this allowed for the group to refocus on the original mission. On July 11, 2015, the band’s second album, Ripe Off the Vine!, was given a soft release at The Phoenix; it was re-released at The Broadway Kansas City, in August. The album was met to negative reviews by the critics, but received a nomination for Local Album of the Year in Kansas City’s Pitch Magazine in September 2015; it placed 2nd, being the only jazz album to place in a year where many outstanding jazz albums were released locally. The Saturday Jazz Brunch also took the 3rd Place Award for Jazz Event of the Year. The group made it’s first road trip in September 2015, travelling to Ottumwa, Iowa, where they played a special show at Indian Hills Community College. In November 2015 the group began working with an up-and-coming vocalist, Miss Joanna Berkebile, showcasing her on occasion at The Saturday Jazz Brunch. On December 5, 2015, the band celebrated it’s second anniversary of The Saturday Jazz Brunch at The Phoenix. The following week the band began working with CODA to start a monthly event that would kick off on January 2, 2016, known as Riffin’ at the CODA: A Night in Tom’s Town. This event is a dinner-show that focuses on certain aspects of Kansas City’s rich jazz heritage and the spirit of 1934, a pinnacle time in Kansas City’s developmental history, and the height of Boss Tom Penderghast’s reign. The opening night was a success and welcomed a sell-out crowd. As the group continues on in it’s 8th year, expect more, as the story is still writing itself… ==================================== The primary focus and mission of the group is to preserve the heritage of Kansas City Jazz through performance, education, and entertainment.
Jake Stanton is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Kansas City. His songs, which are best categorized as indie folk or americana, offer a unique, yet relatable take on the modern human condition. Often posing a question or directing a train of thought, his lyrics engage the listener with ambiguity. Stanton often uses the subject of internal dialogue in a way that anyone can relate to their own story. In 2016, Stanton released his first solo EP, “Alone Talk” in April. Following the release, Stanton spent the spring and summer touring the west coast and midwest in support of the EP. He is currently in production of his first full length album, expected for release in 2017. www.jakestantonmusic.com
Diles Mavis is the funkiest band to hit Kansas City, playing anything from their groovy originals to John Mayer and Stevie Wonder. This band is guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing! Be sure to catch the Kansas City group playing anywhere from Denver to St. Louis as they tour the Midwest. www.dilesmavismusic.com
Join us on Saturdays from 10-2; Chef Jackson will be serving up wonderful breakfast food to sooth you after your crazy Friday night. Also enjoy our BLOODY MARY BAR for $7 – build your own and have some breakfast! For your entertainment, Alex Abramovitz and the Swingin’ Kansas City Fives perform from 10am -2pm, so come enjoy some live music with your breakfast!