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KC's Music Scene Drives Filmmaker's Latest Effort

The sounds of Count Basie and Charlie Parker are part of Kansas City’s musical identity.

In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, we hear from the woman behind Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future, a new documentary that drops by 18th & Vine to explore the city’s famed blues and jazz scene in this year’s Kansas International Film Festival.

It’s not all about the past, though, and documentary-filmmaker Sue Vicory will talk about how today’s musicians are continuing to contribute to the city’s soulful legacy.

HEAR MORE: Sue Vicory’s documentary, Kansas City Jazz & Blues; Past, Present & Future, will play at the Kansas International Film Festival Thursday evening at 7:30 at the Glenwood Arts Theatre, 9575 Metcalf Ave. in Overland Park. Click here for ticket information.

Sue Vicory is a documentary-filmmaker whose work also includes "Homelessness and the Power of One.” She is the founder of Heartland Films, Inc., and attended the New York Film Academy.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.