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Seg. 1: Kansas City Mayoral Candidate Scott Wagner. Seg. 2: Vocalist Kurt Elling's Jazz Journey.

Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
Kansas City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner is the Northland's only candidate to succeed current MAyor Sly James.

Segment 1: The only mayoral candidate from the Northland thinks he brings "a unique perspective in getting us moving forward."

Scott Wagner is in his last months as a city council member. Now his sights are set on occupying the mayor's office. Wagner spoke of his plan to fund affordable housing, explained what he sees as a barrier to reducing violent crime, and observed that, "at the end of the day, I'm still that neighborhood guy, and that position and that perspective needs to be reflected in City Hall."

  • Kansas City councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner, 1st District at-large

Segment 2, beginning at 26:48:  Renowned vocalist says jazz "is inherently a spiritual exploration, and is inherently a broadcast of the soul."

Before pursuing his musical career, Kurt Elling attended divinity school and earned his master's degree in the philosophy of religion. Elling explained how he developed his idiosyncratic sound in the small clubs of Chicago, his working relationship with Wynton Marsalis and the need he feels "to address this moment in time."

The Kurt Elling Quintet performs as part of the Folly Jazz Series at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St., Kansas City, Missouri 64105. For tickets, go to

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Luke X. Martin is a reporter focusing on race, culture and ethnicity for KCUR 89.3. Contact him at or on Twitter, @lukexmartin.