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'How To Listen To Jazz,' A World-Class Kansas City, And The Weekend To-Do List

Luke X. Martin
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Jazz is all about creativity and freedom, but casual listeners can sometimes find deciphering it a chore. Today, we learn How to Listen to Jazz. Then, they say https://youtu.be/M6pmZE1Qtyw" target="_blank">everything's up to date in Kansas City, but are we a "world class" locale? Finally, a winded Brian McTavish presents his Weekend To-Do List.

Ted Gioia will share jazz listening strategies as part of the American Jazz Museum's 'Riffing on the Repertoire' speaker series at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. For more information, visit AmericanJazzMuseum.org.

Wendell Cox, of the St. Louis-area public policy firm Demographia, will explore Kansas City's prospects for future growth and prosperity in a presentation cosponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation at the Kansas City Public Library's Plaza Branch at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. To RSVP, visit KCLibrary.org.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., 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. My email is steve@kcur.org.
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.