This Week's Events at the Raphael Hotel

Roger Wilder Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, May 04, 2016 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.

Hot Strings Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 05, 2016 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.

Rich Hill Quartet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 06, 2016 at 4:00 pm
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.

Sons of Brasil

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 06, 2016 at 7:00 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.”

Cynthia van Roden Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 07, 2016 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.

The Grand Marquis

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 4:00 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.

Ron Carlson Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 07, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Headliner Ron Carlson is a Kansas City-based guitarist who enjoys performing classic jazz standards. His trio includes upright bass and one of a variety of guest artists on saxophone and piano.

Eboni Fondren Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 08, 2016 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, May 08, 2016 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

Roger Wilder Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, May 09, 2016 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.

Bryan Hicks Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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.

Jeff Harshbarger Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Voted 2011 Person of the Year by Plasticsax.com and Best Bassist by Pitch Magazine, headliner Jeff Harshbarger has had an eclectic career. A prolific composer and bandleader in his own right, Jeff has recorded and performed across the globe with varied artists including Kansas City jazz legends Bobby Watson and Milt Abel. He is a co-founder of Tzigane Music, an artist-run collective and record label, and is the curator of Jeff Harshbarger Presents: An Alternative Jazz Series, promoting new improvised music in Kansas City. Jeff has received numerous grants and awards, including The Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Fellowship, the Steans Institute Fellowship, the Creative Capital Foundation’s Professional Development Grant and the 2015 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award. Jeff also hosts Wednesday’s Jazz in the Afternoon from 1-3 pm on 90.1 FM KKFI.

A La Mode Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 12, 2016 at 6:00 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.

Hot Strings Quartet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 13, 2016 at 4:00 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.

Megan Birdsall Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 13, 2016 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.

Max Groove Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 14, 2016 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.

Brian Ruskin Quartet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Mandy Boothe Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Mandy Boothe brings a soulful presentation of jazz and blues standards and the American Songbook. She also has a deep love for musical theater and enjoys reinterpreting wonderful old show-tunes. She is delighted to provide guests with a classy, classic soundtrack as they relax, unwind and enjoy the atmosphere at Chaz.

Stan Kessler and Kathleen Holeman

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
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.

The Mengel Brothers

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 10:00 am
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.

Rod Fleeman and Dan Bliss

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, May 16, 2016 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.

Steve and Kim

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Kim Sivils has been immersed in Kansas City jazz since childhood. She has a deep connection with the music she plays and expresses it in her own distinct, yet understated sound. Kim has performed as a soloist and in jazz ensembles at jazz venues throughout the city. She is featured in Chaz as a piano soloist performing fresh arrangements of jazz standards and in ensembles. Steve Rigazzi is a bassist, composer and recording artist whose musical adventures have taken him to nine countries and three continents. Steve has toured the United States Air Force Band and toured with local legend Angela Hagenbach as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Jazz Ambassadors program. His passion for jazz and his humor have earned him favored status with Chaz audiences while performing in various ensembles.

Adam Galblum Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Accompanied by some of Kansas City’s finest musicians, jazz violinist Adam Galblum sizzles and soothes as he swings his way through favorite selections from the jazz songbook. After a decade of national touring and collaborations with the best in new acoustic improvised music, Galblum is home in Kansas City, contributing to the city’s extraordinary jazz community.

Rich Hill Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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.

A La Mode Quartet

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 20, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Eboni Fondren Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Friday, May 20, 2016 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 has established herself as a major player on the Kansas City jazz scene. She is also familiar to local theater audiences.

Mandy Boothe Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 10:00 am
Mandy Boothe brings a soulful presentation of jazz and blues standards and the American Songbook. She also has a deep love for musical theater and enjoys reinterpreting wonderful old show-tunes. She is delighted to provide guests with a classy, classic soundtrack as they relax, unwind and enjoy the atmosphere at Chaz.

J Love Band

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Bryan Ruskin Trio

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Flyzone Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Sunday, May 22, 2016 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, May 22, 2016 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.

Pagarazzi

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Monday, May 23, 2016 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.

Candace Evans Duo

Chaz on the Plaza, Kansas City, United States, 64112
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Popular and versatile Kansas City based pianist/vocalist Candace Evans is a jewel on the Midwest music scene. She performs a wide variety of music including jazz, classical, pop, Latin, Broadway, and soulful ballads. Evans’ CD ‘So Nice’ showcases her strengths as a musician and singer on a wide variety of tunes, and many of Kansas City's best and brightest musicians join her for various solo, duo, trio, quartet and quintet settings.