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Kansas City Lightnin’ Bugs

The Kansas City Lightnin’ Bugs are KCMO’s newest trad jazz group. The band is led by trumpet player and singer Catie Rodgers, who has recently moved to Kansas City after 8 years in New Orleans. Rounding out the group are banjo player and swing dancer Danny Fowler, NOLA music scene veteran Micah Herman on bass, and rising Kansas City star Trevor Turla on trombone.

Sons Of Brasil

“In Kansas City, there is a popular jazz group that has performed every week since their inception in 1991. This would not be so remarkable, as Kansas City is renowned for its tradition of great jazz since the days of Count Basie and Charlie Parker. What is remarkable, is that this group of native Kansas Citians plays nothing but Brazilian jazz, with a flavor and passion one might think could only be found at a night club in Ipanema or Leblon. The Sons of Brasil invite you to sample these sounds, which stem from their love and admiration of “musica bem brasileira.””

Charles Williams Trio

Charles Williams performs as the pianist for The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra This orchestra has backed many artist such as, The New Your Voices, Wycliffe Gordon, Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Harold Jones, The Four Freshmen, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Deborah Brown, Kevin Mahogany, and many more. … Charles has just launched his newest group “GENRE”. This group consist of four guys playing smooth jazz, funk, also they perform as a MOTWON REVUE BAND, and many more genres. Charles will be appearing at the Phoenix, Thursday, January 26th 2017 performing a multiplicity of music genres, talent , and some singing.


Soul spire is a five piece funk and jazz band from KCMO. James Kent on bass, Pete Caroll Trumpet (who toured with Al Green), Eric Nettle on guitar, Kelly Ross on drums, and Jeff Jones on keyboards. Soul spires plays anything from Jazz Standards to Lettuce to Steely Dan, all with a funk groove. Don’t miss out!

Mark Lowrey’s Open Jam

Come sit in with some of the best KC has to offer, or come listen. The Tuesday night jam is hosted by on of the greatest players in Kansas City Mark Lowery. See you there!

Lauren Krum

She is half of Ruddy Swain, an old-time country duet, and she is a singer and songwriter in the country/rock/soul band the Grisly Hand. The projects bring out different facets of Krum’s voice, which inspires effusive praise and admiration from those who sing with her.” – Tim Finn (The Kansas City Star) Lauren Krum, Jeffrey Ruckman and Mike Stover make their Phoenix debut Dec. 8th. From Dinah Washington to Neko Case to Prince, you won’t want to miss these unique renditions.

Nick Schnebelen Band

The Nick Schnebelen Band is an amazing American Roots Experience that’s based in Kansas City, MO. The band welds together huge frame pieces of Blues, Rock and even some fast and funky swing, just to show off their mechanical skills. Playing with Nick are Cliff Moore on Bass, and Adam Hagerman on Drums. Whether it’s an electric guitar, lap-steel, dobro, Nick plays them all.

Brother John Duo

Their duo is comprised of John “Br. John” Anderson (vocals) and Rick Cole (guitar). Together they perform jazz and pop standards with a focus on entertainment. Br. John has over twenty years’ experience performing as a singer, storyteller and motivational speaker. Rick Cole’s guitar work has been heard in the greater Kansas City for 18 years, and performs with Alex Abramovitz at The Phoenix’s Jazz Brunch every Saturday.

DJ and Evan John

DJ & EvanJohn are a fun acoustic duo who play a wide variety of cover songs all written before the year 2000. They are not your typical cover band.

Coyote Bill Band

“Very few blues guitarists can properly manage a truly thundering guitar tone into an all-night-long, three-sets-of-fury show without wearing out the crowd’s eardrums, but Coyote Bill has the taste and the tone to get the job done. Once one is accustomed to the idea that his amplifier will not shiver into a pile of its lesser components, one can thoroughly enjoy a rhythmically tight performance that is delivered with equal parts mirth and honesty by Coyote Bill and his Wild Ones; the authentic feel of the blues is openly apparent in this transplanted south side of Chicago kid’s Kansas City performances.” -Scott Patterson – KANSAS CITY JAZZ EXAMINER

Joanna Berkebile

Joanna Berkebile and Mike Pagan: An evening of classic vocal jazz and piano accompaniment. Joanna Berkebile is known for her warm, versatile voice and engaging performance style. Enjoy an evening of songs ranging from the sultry to the snappy, the traditional to the contemporary.