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Jazz Town: Take note of the trombones in town this week

Alan Ferber
Alan Ferber From the artist

The trombones are coming. Get ready.

Two inventive trombonists are coming to the Blue Room this week with very different but equally persuasive approaches to their instrument and to jazz in general.

On Friday, Delfeayo Marsalis (sibling to Wynton and Branford) brings his New Orleans-steeped inventions to town. On Saturday, it’s a group featuring the wide-ranging, introspective original music of Alan Ferber.

Like his more famous siblings, Marsalis exhibits a restless musical mind. His sound bears traces of the New Orleans musical tradition, of course, but there’s far more than that in his thoroughly modern playing and composing. He doesn’t adopt a virtuosic, knock-’em-dead style on his instrument, though he could if he wanted to. He’s looking for something more melodic and tasty. Call that an inherited New Orleans trait if you like.

His show is at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St. Tickets are $15.

Ferber exemplifies one of the best qualities of jazz, the drive to find an intensely personal expression. He’s found it in his playing, which on a previous visit to town absolutely commanded a room with maybe two dozen lucky listeners. He’s also found it in his writing. His original music for bands large and small has been honored with a Grammy nomination. He’s also a well-rounded educator, serving a residency at the University of Kansas this week.

His show is at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Room; tickets are $10. Those in Lawrence can also catch Ferber’s group at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.; tickets are $15, $10 for students.


▪ Singer David Basse and pianist Joe Cartwright are fielding a septet in a concert to benefit the University of Missouri-Kansas City Jazz Friends. The “My Kansas City” show has Kansas City-related music from Count Basie and Mary Lou Williams through Charlie Parker and right up to Pat Metheny, as played by those two KC leaders and a group of student and faculty members. It’s at 8 p.m. Saturday at the MTH Theater on the third floor of the Crown Center Shops. Tickets are $20; check

▪ The Blue Room also has bassist Dominique Sanders in charge of the Monday jam at 7 p.m. Percussionist Pablo Sanhueza and the Latin Jazz All-Stars appear at 7 p.m. Thursday.

▪ The Green Lady Lounge, 1809 Grand Blvd., has the Foundation 627 Big Band at 8:30 p.m. Sunday; guitarist Danny Embrey’s trio at 5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by the group B Vibe at 9 p.m.; the New Jazz Order big band at 7 p.m. Wednesday, followed by organist Ken Lovern’s OJT at 9 p.m.; percussionist John Kizilarmut’s trio at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by saxophonist Brett Jackson’s quartet at 9 p.m.; pianist Tim Whitmer at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by vibraphonist Peter Schlamb’s Electric Tinks at 9 p.m. and organist Chris Hazelton’s Boogaloo 7 at 10 p.m.; and drummer Kevin Frazee’s trio at 6 p.m. Saturday, followed by OJT again at 9:30 p.m.

▪ The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City, directed by Brad Cox, performs at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ship, 1217 Union Ave.

▪ Singer Monique Danielle is the headliner on the next Spirituality and All That Jazz concert, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St.

▪ The Art Factory, at 5621 W. 135th St., Suite 2630, in Overland Park’s Prairiefire development, has the Sons of Brasil at 7 p.m. Saturday.

▪ The 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District is joining the First Friday movement this week, with an array of music, art, vendors and food offerings along 18th Street from Vine to Highland from 4 to 9 p.m. Activities will include step-dancing for the adults and jazz storytelling for the kids.

Joe Klopus, 816-234-4751