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Local Listen: Ida McBeth

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After decades on the scene, Ida McBeth's dusky voice and emotional delivery have reached legendary status in Kansas City. It's not just her soulful combination of blues, jazz and gospel styles that delights audiences, either; she's made a habit of surrounding herself with a band that knows how to really dig into a groove. Go on, we dare you to find someone who has seen McBeth perform and doesn't love her music.

Ida McBeth will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and will perform at this season's final installment of Jammin' at the Gem at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. For more information, visit the American Jazz Museum website.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at plasticsax.com.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.