Sunday, April 22, 2018
Concert Review: Stan Kessler, Jackie Myers and Dominique Sanders at Thee Gin Mill
One of the the most confounding aspects of the area’s jazz scene is the relative scarcity of live jazz in Johnson County, Kansas. Although about 600,000 people live in the county that’s adjacent to both Kansas City, Missouri, and Kansas City, Kansas, improvised music in the district is underrepresented on the Kansas City Jazz Calendar.
A couple dozen people took in the first set by the trio of trumpeter Stan Kessler, keyboardist and vocalist Jackie Myers and bassist Dominique Sanders at Thee Gin Mill on Friday. The establishment near the intersection of 135th Street and Roe Avenue recently began booking jazz artists.
Service was fast and friendly in the room that’s a few hundred yards north of the Dixieland mainstay the Gaslight Grill. As televisions displayed NBA, MLB and MLS games, the trio entertained on a small raised stage near the entrance. Her vocals on “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Stars Fell on Alabama” demonstrated that Myers, a new addition to the area, brings a singular talent to the scene.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)