appearance in the Folly Jazz Series on March 7. The Kansas City debut of the innovative Brazilian was filled with surprises. The recently announced 2020-21 bookings in the Folly Jazz Series don’t hold much potential for the thrill of discovery. Conventional, tried-and-true sounds by touring musicians already familiar to Kansas City audiences dominate the season. The absence of the centennial tribute to Kansas City’s Charlie Parker- the most important tour of the year- is particularly egregious.
Saturday, October 17
Karrin Allyson rose to fame while living in Kansas City. Her homecomings are always welcome. She last performed in the Folly Jazz Series in 2016.
Saturday, December 12
David Benoit’s biography suggests the keyboardist “has reigned supreme as one the founding fathers of contemporary jazz” for decades. Joined by the son of Mel Tormé, Benoit and his band will revisit his popular 2000 tribute to Vince Guaraldi’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. The Folly last hosted Benoit’s holiday show in 2015.
Saturday, January 16
I walked to Line Creek Park in 1977 or 1978 to catch a free Sunday evening concert by a group led by Jeff Lorber. The fusion band’s saxophonist was a scrawny kid named Kenny G. Lorber performed at the Gem Theater in 2014.
Friday, February 12
Anat Cohen is an Israeli clarinetist with wide-ranging interests. She’ll be joined by Vitor Gonçalves, Tal Mashiach and James Shipp, men who helped make her lightly attended 2018 appearance at the Gem Theater extraordinary.
Paquito D'Rivera Quintet
Saturday, March 20
The Cuban saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D'Rivera, 71, is a Latin jazz mainstay. The former member of Irakere is making his first public appearance in Kansas City in recent years.
Friday, April 9
Eliane Elias has repeatedly proven she’s a sublime performer on Kansas City stages. The Brazilian chanteuse and pianist last appeared at the Folly in 2017.
(Original image of materials from the 2006-2007 season of the Folly Jazz Series by Plastic Sax.)