This Week's Events at the Raphael Hotel

Dominique Sanders Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Ruben Pascottini

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm
A native of Paraguay, Ruben has been surrounded by music his entire life. He has been fascinated with the piano since age 4 and presented his first piano recital at age 6. He came to the U.S. in 1989 to study English, and while here was awarded a scholarship in piano performance from the University of Kansas. He is a gifted pianist and composer who has performed before diverse audiences and recorded four CDs. He performs pop, show tunes, movie soundtracks and jazz standards at Chaz

Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm
This group will make you smile and tap your feet. Stan and Kat play songs from the American jazz songbook that will have you whistling all the way home. Stan Kessler is a jazz stalwart on the KC scene, leading several working bands. Kathleen Holeman is one of the swingin’est singers and pianists around. Together, they make music that is delightful, memorable and entertaining in any setting.

British Invasion

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm
British Invasion reproduces the sounds of the Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Rolling Stones and many of the other British bands that flooded the US airwaves starting in 1964. The foursome includes acoustic and electric guitars, bass and keyboards as well as strong lead vocals and harmonies.

Havilah Bruders Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 10:00 am
Havilah Bruders is a versatile and soulful Kansas City vocalist who performs a variety of genres as though each was her sole focus. Raised in a singing family, this classically trained vocalist claims the golden age of jazz and swing as the soundtrack to her life. Her ability with jazz improvisation and her love affair with jazz, swing and Delta blues makes her one of Chaz’s favorite jazz singers.

Havilah Bruders Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Havilah Bruders is a versatile and soulful Kansas City vocalist who performs a variety of genres as though each was her sole focus. Raised in a singing family, this classically trained vocalist claims the golden age of jazz and swing as the soundtrack to her life. Her ability with jazz improvisation and her love affair with jazz, swing and Delta blues makes her one of Chaz’s favorite jazz singers.

Flyzone Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 10:00 am
ThIs is a dynamic duo of veteran jazz, and r&b musicians. Jaisson Taylor is regarded as one of the top jazz, blues, and R&B drummers/vocalists in the KC Metro area. His experience spans other genres, including African, South American and modern American percussion methods and styles. His rich and smooth vocals has made him sought after for recording and voice overs in KC and has earned him a high reputation as a recording artist. Vocalist/guitarist Ric Barron’s wide range and octave abilities gives him the ability to accurately sing in different genres from country and American folk to jazz, blues, funk and rock. Ric has established himself as a one of the best overall guitarists in the region. He earned first place at the Estes Park International Duet Singing Competition, and in 2012 was inducted into the Kansas Music Hall of Fame.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Chaz draws a loyal flock of regulars Sunday nights to hear a diverse repertoire performed by the Mengel Brothers. Dana and Les Mengel are among the top classical musicians in the Kansas City area. Both studied at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and appear as members of many local Community Orchestras. Dana, violinist, is a noted composer whose works have been performed across the country and are included in their play list. Les, cellist/bassist, has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, taught at William Jewell College and reached semi-finals in the Concours International Chamber Music Competition in Paris. Guests appreciate their fresh stylings on classical compositions as well as riffs on jazz, pop and rock from artists such as the Beatles and Doors.

Other Upcoming Events

Steve Rigazzi Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, February 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Will Matthews Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Hot Strings Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, March 02, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Experience a unique acoustic ensemble specializing in French Gypsy Jazz. Violinist Marvin Gruenbaum is a 35-year veteran of the KC Jazz scene and a viola player with the Kansas City Symphony. Bruce Graybill is a celebrated Jazz mandolinist/composer who is a two-time champion of the prestigious mandolin contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas. Charles Gatshet is a well-known local guitarist and composer who has performed with the likes of Step-Buddy Anderson and Claude “Fiddler” Williams. Sit back and enjoy a lively conversation between instruments.

Bob Bowman Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, March 03, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Musician and composer Bob Bowman has spent more than forty years playing his bass all over the world. The multi-Grammy Award nominee is one of KC’s living legends of Jazz keeping the medium real and relevant to today.

Cynthia van Roden Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 10:00 am
Chanteuse Cynthia van Roden is a versatile vocalist with a three-octave range. She sings everything from jazz and blues to samba, habanera, tin-pan alley, standards and French songs. Her lush contralto, playfulness and sophisticated delivery won her The Bar Natasha Idol title. See Cynthia jazz it up with the Cynthia Van Roden Trio.

Megan Birdsall Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Megan Birdsall is a songstress nurtured in a creative home and in the Kansas City jazz community. The talented vocalist and composer has recorded two CDs: Track 13 featuring original material and an amalgam of jazz, blues and pop interpretations of diverse artists ranging from Cole Porter to Joni Mitchell, the Beatles and Stevie Wonder. Little Jazz Bird is a paean to traditional jazz standards. She was named “Best Kansas City Jazz Musician” for 2009/10 by PitchWeekly. She has performed in prestigious settings in Kansas City and elsewhere – performing tonight in the intimate confines of Chaz on the Plaza.

Eboni Fondren Duo

Raphael Hotel, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 10:00 am
Headlining songstress Eboni Fondren’s smooth, sultry voice rises up from a place of deep emotion and crescendos into pure joy for her audiences. Originally from Chicago, Eboni has established herself as a major player on the Kansas City jazz scene. She is also familiar to local theater audiences.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Chaz draws a loyal flock of regulars Sunday nights to hear a diverse repertoire performed by the Mengel Brothers. Dana and Les Mengel are among the top classical musicians in the Kansas City area. Both studied at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and appear as members of many local Community Orchestras. Dana, violinist, is a noted composer whose works have been performed across the country and are included in their play list. Les, cellist/bassist, has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, taught at William Jewell College and reached semi-finals in the Concours International Chamber Music Competition in Paris. Guests appreciate their fresh stylings on classical compositions as well as riffs on jazz, pop and rock from artists such as the Beatles and Doors.

Joe Cartwright Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, March 06, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Joe headlines this extraordinary duo of veteran Kansas City jazz musicians. Joe is a classically trained pianist more well-known for his versatility as a jazz performer. Discover why Joe is a hometown favorite.

Danny Embrey Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Brazilian jazz specialist, headliner Danny is joined by the great electric bassist Greg Whitfield. Both are members of the Sons of Brasil, a group that has performed together for 25 years. Come delight in the distinctive jazz rhythms of Jobim, Djavan, Buarque, Veloso, Caymmi and many other fine Brazilian composers, along with original compositions. Danny has toured Brasil twice and Greg is very experienced and musically steeped in the country’s culture.

Rick Willoughby Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, March 08, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Ryan Thielamn Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 6:00 pm

The Grand Marquis

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Grand Marquis is a band of musical mixologists serving up a refreshing cocktail blend of the timeless, Kansas City jazz sound born in the 1920s and a unique brand of hot, swinging jazz and jumping blues. It’s music that recalls a variety of settings and styles – from the Kansas City swing era to energetic Parisian haunts of the ’30s to Memphis joints of the ’50s where rock met gospel, blues and jazz to the streets of New Orleans where the city’s irrepressible spirit has always lived in its music. Catch their act in a delightful alfresco atmosphere.

Max Groove Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:00 am
Kansas City is renowned worldwide for its rich jazz heritage that's kept alive and moved forward by the likes of Max Groove, a pioneer of smooth jazz. Join us at Chaz to see why Max was named a Missouri State Jazz Treasure. As a recording artist, he has had three albums/CDs in the Top 20 Billboard Jazz charts. As a performer, has toured with the likes of Count Basie, Kool & the Gang, Temptations and Four Tops to name a few. He is considered a living jazz legend in the city where jazz grew up.

A La Mode Quartet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
A la Mode Duo features guitarist/composer Clayton DeLong with vocalist/percussionist Jesica Poell. Born in California and raised in Kansas City, Clayton began playing guitar at age 16. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from University of Missouri Kansas City, Conservatory of Music where he studied jazz guitar under Kansas City greats such as Rod Fleeman, Danny Embrey and Bobby Watson. Jessica has studied classical voice and performed on stages from Arrowhead Stadium to Carnegie Hall to the Plaza Art Fair and is a Chaz favorite. The A la Mode duo performs jazz from standards to French gypsy, Latin and swing.

Bryan Hicks Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 10:00 am
Headliner Bryan Hicks is a Kansas City jazz musician who has shared his bass and local talents playing all over the world. In addition he is a recording artist who has appeared on two recordings with KC’s legendary Karrin Allyson.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Chaz draws a loyal flock of regulars Sunday nights to hear a diverse repertoire performed by the Mengel Brothers. Dana and Les Mengel are among the top classical musicians in the Kansas City area. Both studied at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and appear as members of many local Community Orchestras. Dana, violinist, is a noted composer whose works have been performed across the country and are included in their play list. Les, cellist/bassist, has performed with the Kansas City Symphony, taught at William Jewell College and reached semi-finals in the Concours International Chamber Music Competition in Paris. Guests appreciate their fresh stylings on classical compositions as well as riffs on jazz, pop and rock from artists such as the Beatles and Doors.

Bryan Hicks Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
Headliner Bryan Hicks is a Kansas City jazz musician who has shared his bass and local talents playing all over the world. In addition he is a recording artist who has appeared on two recordings with KC’s legendary Karrin Allyson.

Pagarazzi

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
PAGARAZZI is the duo of two fixtures of the KC music scene – pianist Mike Pagán and bassist Steve Rigazzi. Performing together for many years, their blend of light-hearted entertainment with profoundly musical performances is always a crowd-pleaser. Music critic Bill Brownlee has described their music as “stellar” and audiences agree. Experience the warmth, virtuosity and upscale ambiance of this team of highly skilled musicians in Chaz on the Plaza.

Pagarazzi

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, March 13, 2017 at 6:00 pm
PAGARAZZI is the duo of two fixtures of the KC music scene – pianist Mike Pagán and bassist Steve Rigazzi. Performing together for many years, their blend of light-hearted entertainment with profoundly musical performances is always a crowd-pleaser. Music critic Bill Brownlee has described their music as “stellar” and audiences agree. Experience the warmth, virtuosity and upscale ambiance of this team of highly skilled musicians in Chaz on the Plaza.