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After Year Away From The Stage, Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Announces New Season

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The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will kick off its 2021-2022 season with "Bird Lives."

The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra will kick off its new season in October with "Bird Lives."

Jazz fans who’ve been longing for live performances will get a chance to spend some time with the music of Charlie Parker this fall.

After a year away from the stage due to the pandemic, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra plans to open its 2021-22 season Oct. 8 with “Bird Lives.”

"We couldn't be more excited to return to the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts this coming fall,” said Executive Director Lea Petrie in a news release.

“Our orchestra has been busy producing outstanding educational content, recording new works and arrangements, and preparing for more outdoor concerts like the drive-in series we did back in the late summer. Once back on stage live with our audience, we promise that this season will be worth the wait."

Season subscription renewals will begin May 10, with new subscriptions available June 21 and single tickets on sale Aug. 2. Contact 816-994-7222 or visit online for more information. Social distancing and face masks are currently required at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

“Bird Lives,” 8 p.m., Oct. 8:

Features alto saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, David Valdez, and Bobby Watson along with music from the iconic album “Charlie Parker with Strings.”

“Hallelujah Holidays,” 7 p.m., Dec. 7:

1960s soul jazz features in a show that includes music from artists Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.

“Just the Two of Us,” 8 p.m., March 12, 2022:

Contemporary jazz — from smooth to funky, and everywhere in between — featuring the music of Grover Washington and George Benson.

“Roaring KC,” 8 p.m., May 14, 2022:

The 1920s and ‘30s swing era, celebrating Kansas City history and featuring the music of Jay McShann, Bennie Moten, Count Basie and others.

All performances will be held at the Helzberg Hall of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

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