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Playing Kansas City Jazz With The Symphony, And Making Money As A 'JUST' Business

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
KCUR's Chuck Haddix, who is leading pre-performance discussions, says his role at the Kansas City Symphony's 'Tribute to Kansas City Jazz' as "hit, git and split."

Your might think combining jazz and a symphony would like trying to mix oil and water — they don't just go together. Yet jazz artists, including Kansas City's own Charlie Parker, have combined their playing with those of an orchestra to great results. Today, current-day Kansas City performers Deborah Brown and Bobby Watson, and music historian Chuck Haddix, explain what having an orchestra as your backup band brings to a jazz tune.

Then, we learn about the non-profit JUST Capital, which is ranking America's most just companies, and spreading the message that businesses can treat workers fairly, align themselves with the issues their customers care about, and still make a profit.

The Kansas City Symphony hosts 'A Tribute to Kansas City Jazz: From Basie to Bebop' at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 10 and 11.  Times and ticket information can be found at KansasCitySymphony.org.

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