At Chaz on the Plaza, music and romance fill the air! After a delectable dining experience, relax and enjoy live entertainment in the most atmospheric lounge in Kansas City. Chaz Lounge offers an energetic and unique music venue with live entertainment – from classic jazz and blues to contemporary rock and acoustic music – by talented local musicians that define the distinct KC sound nightly and during Weekend Jazz Brunch from 10 am until 1 pm. Chaz Lounge is open Monday through Saturday until midnight, Sunday until 10 pm.
About Kansas City Jazz: Kansas City Jazz is a style that transitioned from the original New Orleans 2/4 jazz beat to 4/4. It was more improvisational beat and allowed for extended solos. Fans of “America’s music” started “goin’ to Kansas City” for its famous jazz in the 1920s. Back in the day they came to hear modern riffs on New Orleans jazz by legends like Count Basie, Bennie Moten, Big Joe Turner and Charlie “Bird” Parker in smoky clubs and speakeasies in the city’s downtown district. Today they come to hear the idiom articulated in old school and newer forms by current legends like smooth jazz pioneer Max Groove, Joe Cartwright, Angela Hagenbach and Brian Ruskin throughout the city, from classic downtown jazz joints like the Blue Room and Mutual Musicians Foundation to upscale Kansas City jazz clubs like Chaz on the Plaza. Stylings performed in Chaz range from bebop, blues and swing to Brazilian, fusion, gypsy, smooth and swing. One of the most vibrant music venues in Kansas City, Chaz showcases a diverse variety of regional composers and performers nightly and during Weekend Jazz Brunch. In addition to jazz, other music genres presented include blues, classical, rock and pop. The variety allows travelers to experience a larger body of Kansas City sound––music that is real, being created and performed by local artists.
The Mengel Brothers Strings Duo is a popular feature for Chaz diners on Sunday nights. Dana and Les Mengel are among the city’s most talented classical musicians. Both studied at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and appear as members of local orchestras. Dana, composer/violinist, has had over 1,000 choral anthems published since 1990. An ASCAP award-winning recipient every year since 1992, his works have been performed innternationally. Les, cellist, has performed with the Kansas City Symphony and at the Concours International Chamber Music Competition in Paris. Come hear their fresh stylings on classical compositions as well as their riffs on jazz, pop and rock from artists such as the Beatles and Doors. Sunday nights are also popular in Chaz for our weekly special that features prime rib and Atlantic salmon.
Strings on the Green is a summer feature on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 – 7 pm. The 2016 kicks off May 6 and runs through September. Come enjoy a delightful evening of food, fun and live music from a shady spot on our patio courtyard where you may drink in all the beauty and activity of Kansas City’s one-and-only Country Club Plaza.