For the third year in a row, JCCC is offering three days of jazz in January for the public to enjoy.
Two of the nation's top jazz bands, plus 10 of Kansas City's best jazz groups, will perform during Jazz Winterlude, which will run from Friday, Jan. 20, through Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Carlsen Center. See the full schedule.
Various forms of jazz will be presented, including contemporary, Kansas City swing and New Orleans style.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, which will perform Friday, Jan. 20, at 8:30 p.m., likes to integrate straight ahead jazz with influences of funk, blues and world music. And Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band, which performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, serves up a medley of sounds that include soul and salsa.
Doreen Maronde, a member of the festival committee, said she hopes the festival draws people from all over the metropolitan area and beyond. "We are really encouraging people who don't usually listen to jazz to come and give it a try," Maronde said. "They will be able to hear a good variety of bands and we suspect they will be happily surprised."
The festival will open on Friday with daylong master classes and clinics that connect area students with members of the Brubeck Brothers Quartet and local jazz professionals. The public is invited to observe all classes and clinics, which will take place from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.
The first band to take the stage will be the Bill Crain Quartet, which will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Crosscurrent will play from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. and the JCCC Faculty Jazz Combo will open for the Brubeck Brothers at 8:30.
On Saturday, six local bands will perform. They'll each play for about an hour, one after the other. The Jazz Disciples will kick it off at 12:30, followed by Brandon Draper World Jazz Quartet, Lynn Zimmer and the Jazz Band, Matt Otto Quintet, Will Matthews Quartet and Kansas City Bass Quartet. The bass quartet will wrap up at 7:45 p.m., with Poncho Sanchez to follow.
Food will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday at the Carlsen Center.
The Sunday event is an 11 a.m. brunch with the Dan DeLuca Trio in the Regnier Center Cube, room 270 of the Regnier Center. DeLuca is noted for his impressive interpretation of jazz standards and the American Songbook. He will be joined by Monte Muza on guitar and James Albright on bass.
Tickets to the festival cost $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday. A pass for both days is $30. The Sunday brunch costs $25 and reservations are required. Any student with a student I.D. can get into the Winterlude events for $5 on Friday and $5 on Saturday.
Tickets for the Brubeck concert are $20; $5 for any student with an I.D. (But anyone with a Friday day pass gets in for no additional cost.) Tickets for Poncho Sanchez and his Latin band are $45 and $35. (If you have a two-day pass, ask the box office about a discount for Poncho Sanchez. If you are a JCCC student with a student I.D., you can get in for $5.)For tickets, call the college box office at 913-469-4445 or visit jccc.edu/TheSeries.