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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.

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.