By ALAN HOSKINS
One of Kansas City Kansas Community College’s most successful vocalists will return to the KCKCC campus to kick off the 2013 “Jazz By The Lake” Series Thursday, Sept. 5.
Lisa Henry, one of the finest jazz vocalists in the world and former KCKCC student, will bring the Lisa Henry Quartet to the KCKCC Conference Center adjacent to the Campus Lake for a noon performance.
A Thelonious Monk Award winner, Henry has toured with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and the Thelonious Monk Institute for more than 20 years.
The performance is the first of fourth monthly concerts scheduled for the fall.
“Due to the first year success and popularity, we are expanding the series by two concerts by starting a month earlier and going a month longer,” said Jim Mair, KCKCC Director of Instrumental Jazz.
Two of the fall performances will be held in conjunction with the Kansas City Kansas Public Library. The 2013 Fall schedule (all performances from noon-1 p.m.):
Sept. 5 – Lisa Henry Quartet.
Oct. 3 – Rob Scheps Quintet, a hard-swinging New York City Jazz quintet featuring Scheps on tenor sax and Jim O-Connor on trumpet.
Nov. 7 – Sneak Peak, “Bop in the Dotte” featuring Kansas City Jazz Artists from the traveling jazz portrait show by Dan White in cooperation with the KCK Public Library.
Dec. 5 – “Bop in the Dotte” featuring KC Jazz All-Stars from the traveling jazz portrait show by Dan White in cooperation with the KCK Public Library.
Open to the public without charge, the concerts are sponsored by the Kansas Jazz Alliance and the KCKCC Music Department, Fun Arts Series and the Intercultural Center. Additional information is available by contacting Jim Mair at 913-288-7149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.