A la mode, Clayton and Jesica DeLong

Winterlude - A La Mode Quintet

7 p.m. Sunday, December 6, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

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Spotlights the very essence of Prohibition-era Kansas City.


Voted Kansas City’s Favorite Jazz Band in 2018 and 2019 in The Pitch KC, A La Mode takes you back in time with authentic, swinging, improvisational Kansas City-style jazz. Jesica “Baby J” DeLong, A La Mode’s lead vocalist, combines her classical training with sultry style. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, as well as The Folly and Plaza Art Fair, to name a few.

Clayton DeLong began playing the violin at age 12. While studying jazz guitar at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, he worked with Kansas City greats like Rod Fleeman, Danny Embrey, Douglas Niedt, Michael Pagan and Bobby Watson. DeLong has performed and toured with El Rebozo De Maria, the Junkadelic Funk Stars and many other Kansas City jazz bands. He also is the lead guitarist for country rock bands River Town and 6 Degrees West. Quintet members include Miguel “El Mambo” DeLeon, Marvin Gruenbaum and Steve Rigazzi.