Announcing the Launch of Take Five Music Productions

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When Take Five Coffee + Bar closed in August 2015, the Chandlers needed some time off, but found themselves intensely missing the Kansas City jazz community. They have spent the last year looking for a new home for Take Five in Kansas City, Missouri’s Crossroads neighborhood, but that search has been put on hold - mainly due to rapidly rising rent prices in the current market. However, their desire to support and enrich the jazz community still remains as strong as ever.

Lori Chandler is spearheading a new entity she calls Take Five Music Productions. Her goal is to create unique jazz events as well as “listening room” style concerts in spaces all around the city. Chandler sees several gaps in the jazz scene: since Take Five Coffee + Bar closed, there hasn’t been a true listening room routinely booking jazz; additionally, it’s rare for national touring acts to visit Kansas City outside of the Folly’s Jazz Series. Lastly, if a local artist wants to stage a special event (CD release, for example) the burden to book and market that event falls 100% upon the musician, many of whom simply don’t have the bandwidth or desire to take on such a project.

Take Five Music Productions seeks to resolve those gaps. Four events are already planned:

Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom
Hailed as one of the best drummers in jazz today, Allison Miller brings her quintet to Kansas City on tour supporting their new “Glitter Wolf” album. Allison has played with Ani DiFranco, Natalie Merchant and Brandi Carlile and her versatility shows in her compositions. Boom Tic Boom has been featured on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and Allison was recently featured on Christian McBride’s Jazz in America program. This show is in coordination with the Jeff Harshbarger Presents jazz series. Tuesday, October 16 at Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center. 7:30pm. $25 premium seating, $20 general seating.

Tink or Treat: Peter Schlamb Electric Tinks CD Release Party
Peter Schlamb is an outstanding vibraphonist from St. Louis who lives full time in Kansas City, but plays all over the world. His Electric Tinks project is a whole new twist on jazz featuring Peter on pedal-enhanced vibraphone. This event is a true party with a costume contest to boot. Opening support from The Cur3.
Sunday, October 28 at the Brewhouse at Brewery Emperial. 7pm. $10 cover charge at the door.

Thollem McDonas
Thollem McDonas is a widely acclaimed avant garde pianist from New Mexico and has played everywhere from Take Five Coffee + Bar to Carnegie Hall. He will be featuring two sets on this evening from his latest works “Greatest Hits” and “Electric Confluence”, the latter featuring Kansas City’s Brian Steever on drums.
Saturday, December 1 at YJs Snack Bar. 8pm. $10 suggested donation.

New Jazz Order Big Band Presents Ellington’s Nutcracker
The New Jazz Order Big Band is having a very special reunion show on this date featuring Duke Ellington’s arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. The NJO band is under the direction of Clint Ashlock, director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, and features some of the city’s foremost jazz musicians. This is a family event and a great way to kick the holiday season into high gear. Sunday, December 9 at The Martin in Martin City (Martin City Brewing Company’s event space). 7pm. $15 cover, $10 for those 15 and under.

2019 programming is under development. Please contact Lori for questions. We look forward to seeing you at one of our events!

John Kreicbergs