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Seg. 1: East High School Students Reflect On Mayoral Debate. Seg. 2: Kansas City's David Basse Trio.

A white haired man with a scarf on stands in front of a microphone. A black man in a yellow shirt stands behind him with a guitar.
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When poet Maya Angelou first saw David Basse perform, she told him, "I love the soul that is your voice."

Segment 1: Kansas City mayoral candidates attended a debate to address the concerns of future voters.

Last week, a class of students at Kansas City's East High School organized a mayoral debate to help bring ciuty leaders' attention to issues like community violence, policing, and economic development, all of which loom large for residents living east of Troost and Prospect Avenues. Today, some of those students shared what they learned from the candidates, and why they were motivated to host the debate. 

  • Denisse Martinez, junior at East High School
  • Damion Singhakhoune, junior at East High School
  • Benoit Bilombele, junior at East High School

Segment 2, beginning at 22:17:  Conversation and live music with one of Kansas City's stalwart jazz ensembles.

David Basse has played alongside legendary jazz musicians like Jay McShann, Bobby Watson and Phil Woods. Today, his trio performed live in studio and, in between the music, talked about their influences, their sometimes-hectic shows and reminisced about how they ended up playing together.

  • David Basse, vocalist and drummer
  • Joe Straws, bassist
  • Greg Richter, keyboardist

The David Basse Trio will perform at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19 at Knuckleheads Saloon, 2715 Rochester Ave., Kansas City, Missouri 64120. The event is free. More  information at KnuckleheadsKC.com.

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