April 2018
@Kansas City!

Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day! CbQ is committed to dedicating our performances during April to recognized and promote JAM and #JazzDay each year.

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  • Sat. 4-7 Black Dolphin (free)
  • Thu. 4-12 Blue Room (free)

Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by the UNESCO Director General and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.


Sat. 4-7 Black Dolphin (free)

Join Christopher Burnett Quintet on our first Saturday residency at Black Dolphin in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions, Roger Wilder – piano, Charles Gatschet – guitar, Seth Lee – bass, Marty Morrison – drums.

Thu. 4-12 Blue Room (free)

Join Christopher Burnett’s piano quartet on the second Thursday in April at the Blue Room jazz club exhibit at the American Jazz Museum on the historic corner of “18th and Vine” streets. Burnett – alto saxophone, compositions, Roger Wilder – piano, Andrew Stinson – bass, Clarence Smith – drums.

Artist profile

Christopher Burnett

Christopher Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business leader, and composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded a significant independent recording label, Artists Recording Collective.

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years).

Most recently, Mr. Burnett was selected as a clinician for the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in Wichita.

A member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s is an eclectic instrumental music ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists. Repertoire includes Burnett original compositions and select jazz masterworks. He performs locally each month at Black Dolphin in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City.

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