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Remembering KC Jazz Legend Jay McShann, 100 Years After His Birth

Kansas City music legend Jay McShann was born 100 years ago this week, and the city is celebrating his birth. On this edition of Up to Date, we examine the life of this international jazz star.


  • Gerald Spaits is a bassist who played with Jay McShann for many years.
  • Chuck Haddix is the host of the Fish Fry on KCUR 

Jay McShann's Centennial Birthday Bash starts at 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Gem Theater, 1601 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Missouri. For ticket information, click here.


Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.