This Week's Events at the Raphael Hotel

Emily Frost Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:00 am
This group will make you smile and tap your feet. We 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 swinginest singers and pianist on the planet. Together, they make music that is delightful, memorable and entertaining in any setting.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, April 30, 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.

Will Matthews Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, May 01, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Two time Grammy Winning Guitarist Will Matthews is a native of Kansas City and has been touring with the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra since 1996.The Guitarist has performed for Presidents, Kings, and at every major Concert Hall, Theatre, Jazz Festival and Night Club in the world as well as a who's who of artists in the music industry.

Bryan Hicks Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Headliner Bryan Redmond has been playing saxophone and singing gospel since his grade school days in west Tennessee. The gifted performer studied at UMKC before emerging on the Kansas City music scene in the mid-1990's. His distinct solid, clarion baritone voice is equally at ease shouting the blues or crooning a mellow ballad. He captures the essence and the soul of roots music while melodically spinning tales. Wielding a myriad of saxes, he can unleash a soulful and dark tone that hearkens back to the days of roadhouses and juke joints or hue to a softer, more comforting shade.

Roger Wilder Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 6:00 pm
Roger was raised in Rochester, New York and educated at the University of Miami. His music career as a piano performer, recording artist and educator has led him from Miami to New York to Kansas city. Roger performs jazz piano solo as well as in ensembles and is a go-to pianist and keyboardist for a diverse variety of local bands.

Lonnie McFadden Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 04, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Strings on the Green - Aura Azul

Raphael Hotel, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 05, 2017 at 4:00 pm
The Strings on the Green summer concert series kicks off with a Cinco de Mayo theme. Enjoy shared appetizers and specialty cocktaills on the Courtyard Patio while listening to the Latin Jazz of Aura Azul. Headliner Shay Estes is a well-known singer in Kansas City’s famous jazz clubs, performing with the likes of Mark Southerland, Mark Lowrey, Brad Cox and many others. Her current focus is on Brazilian jazz and the various styles that shaped it, including bossa nova and Fado, a form of Portuguese urban folk music that grew out of the taverns of 19th century Lisbon.

Aura Azul

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 05, 2017 at 4:00 pm
Headliner Shay Estes has been singing in Kansas City’s famous jazz clubs for eight years, performing with the likes of Mark Southerland, Mark Lowrey, Brad Cox and many others. Her current focus is on Brazilian jazz and the various styles that shaped it, including bossa nova and Fado, a form of Portuguese urban folk music that grew out of the taverns of 19th century Lisbon.

Brian Ruskin Quartet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 05, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Cynthia van Roden Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 10:00 am
"“The vocal stylings of Cynthia van Roden will transport you back to the Coconut Grove of the 1940’s. In lilting elegance, she transforms each tune into her own nostalgic and heartfelt remembrance.” Steve Rigazzi, KC bass player extraordinaire. A Chaz favorite, this chanteuse performs a unique blend of vintage jazz, swing, bossa nova, a French repertoire and 3-part harmonies with the trio. Cynthia's lush contralto, playfulness and sophisticated delivery won her The Bar Natasha Idol title and she’s still winning over fans today! With John Miles on his 200 year-old bass (Rosemary Clooney, the Russ Morgan Orchestra, Ida McBeth & BCR) and Rick Mareske, on his hand-made guitar, evoking gypsy jazz and soulful interpretations. Come…and be captivated! "

El Mambo Orchestra

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 4:00 pm

A La Mode Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 06, 2017 at 7:00 pm
A la Mode 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

Eboni Fondren Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 07, 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 grew up with music and sports. She went to college to study business and play basketball, but it’s where she found love in the form of jazz. “At Last’ is an Etta James song that Eboni sings so well and is a metaphor for a great love in her own life. Etta, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall are among the great jazz singers who have inspired her. Eboni loves the style, timbre and freedom that jazz is. She is a favorite of jazz fans throughout Kansas City and especially in Chaz. She likes the intimacy that Chaz offers, the opportunity to engage the audience more personally. “The dynamic is a little different in an intimate setting, nuance and lyric interpretation is more important,” says the talented artist.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 07, 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

Pagarazzi

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, May 08, 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.

Danny Embrey Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 6:00 pm
This duo specializes in brasiian jazz. Danny is joined by the great electric bassist Greg Whitfield. They are both members of the Sons of Brasil, who have performed together for 25 years playing the music 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, May 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm

A La Mode Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 7:00 pm
A la Mode 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

Sons of Brasil

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm
This popular Kansas City jazz group has performed every week since their inception in 1991 – playing only Brazilian jazz. Each member is a versatile jazz performer in his own right, but when they put their flavor and passion for jazz with Brazilian beat, they transport audiences to Ipanema or Leblon. Come, experience the “musica bem brasileira.”

The Grand Marquis

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm
The 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 B118tyles – 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.

Hot Strings Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 10:00 am
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.

A La Mode Quintet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm
A la Mode 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

Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:00 pm
This group will make you smile and tap your feet. We 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 swinginest singers and pianist on the planet. Together, they make music that is delightful, memorable and entertaining in any setting.

Bryan Hicks Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10:30 am
Headliner Bryan Redmond has been playing saxophone and singing gospel since his grade school days in west Tennessee. The gifted performer studied at UMKC before emerging on the Kansas City music scene in the mid-1990's. His distinct solid, clarion baritone voice is equally at ease shouting the blues or crooning a mellow ballad. He captures the essence and the soul of roots music while melodically spinning tales. Wielding a myriad of saxes, he can unleash a soulful and dark tone that hearkens back to the days of roadhouses and juke joints or hue to a softer, more comforting shade.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 14, 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.

Dan Bliss and Rod Fleeman

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm
One of the best guitarists ever to come out of Kansas City, Rod Fleeman uses acoustic guitar to showcase his love of of ’30s and ’40s jazz, blues and swing. Fingerstyle guitarist and singer Dan Bliss shows his old style guitar talents on tunes by artists such as Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Chuck Berry. Together, they produce a big sound, an irresistible vibe that moves audiences – sometimes to get their jittterbug groove on.

Dominique Sanders Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Michael Pagan Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Lonnie McFadden Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm

Lonnie McFadden Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 6:00 pm
A true Kansas City entertainment icon, Lonnie McFadden is a unique multi-talented performer who sings, tap dances and plays trumpet. He has traveled the globe performing and representing Kansas City Jazz at major jazz festivals and shows around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in show business, including Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood, Gladys Knight and The Count Basie Orchestra. Now he is performing for Chaz audiences with his trio every other Thursday. Come see why he and his brother Ronald (performing as The McFadden Brothers) received Life Time Achievement Awards from the Jazz Museum in May 2016.

Charlotte Fletcher Band

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Eboni Fondren Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm
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 grew up with music and sports. She went to college to study business and play basketball, but it’s where she found love in the form of jazz. “At Last’ is an Etta James song that Eboni sings so well and is a metaphor for a great love in her own life. Etta, Ella Fitzgerald and Diana Krall are among the great jazz singers who have inspired her. Eboni loves the style, timbre and freedom that jazz is. She is a favorite of jazz fans throughout Kansas City and especially in Chaz. She likes the intimacy that Chaz offers, the opportunity to engage the audience more personally. “The dynamic is a little different in an intimate setting, nuance and lyric interpretation is more important,” says the talented artist.

Rich Hill Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 10:00 am
Pianist-vocalist Rich Hill has a personal sound steeped in the rich jazz, blues and gospel traditions of his Kansas City hometown. His keyboard style is grounded in the long tradition of jazz piano from ragtime to stride, bebop and modern jazz. Depending on the song, he might play something that sounds like Fats Waller, then something with a kind of Bill Evans or Chick Corea feel, followed by a tune suggesting Ray Charles’ blues-tinged earthiness. His success entertaining audiences with his keyboard and vocal talents while maintaining a certain standard of artistry is a notable accomplishment proven by continued demand for bookings.

The Grand Marquis

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm
The 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 B118tyles – 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.

Molly Hammer Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm
Molly Hammer is an accomplished vocalist in the Kansas City area. She has a background in musical theatre and has appeared on many stages including The American Heartland Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage, and Quality Hill Playhouse. Molly's true passion is singing jazz. Molly is a graduate of the Artist INC program.