2017 was a BIG year for the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars! Our project has touched an estimated 20,000+ persons with 83 LIVE, AUTHENTIC Salsa and Latin Jazz events! We ushered 2017 in at the Vox Theater, trekked to Charlotte Street for Samba in the Snow in February, welcomed the one and only Jackie Zamora to the Blue Room for Women in Salsa & Latin Jazz in March, played and enjoyed the flavors of Comida KC at Union Station in April. In May we brought our montuno to The Gem for the Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival. June took us to Topeka for the Great Overland Station Havana Night Gala. In July we celebrated Pablo’s birthday by bringing salsa and Calle Vida to the people on West 39th Street at Prospero’s Bookstore… and also The Big Picnic on the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins. We spent a few hot summer nights at The City Market for Wednesday Farmer’s Market music series. The fall months took us to Omaha and the Westport Art Fair in September, and back to Prospero’s in October for the moving, one night only event honoring Chilean Folk Artist Violeta Parra: “100 years of Violeta Parra: Cantos de amor y resistencia.” In November we visited our friends Mattie Rhodes, Central Avenue Betterment Association in KCK for Dias de los Muertos, and was able to bring Jackie Zamora back for Latina’s in STEM with the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers! On December 28th we wrap up an amazing year at the Blue Room!
In between all these historic places and community events the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars have played for some of you in your living rooms, on your patios, at your weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and celebrated the life a young musician who died too soon. We spent some time in the recording studio, visited a couple college campuses, and worked with kiddos at the annual Show & Shed and Boys & Girls Club!
2017 was an incredible year…however…we have more planned in 2018–which marks the FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY of the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars project!
With love and gratitude,
Pablo Sanhueza & KC Latin Jazz All-Stars
Join Pablo on the evening of Saturday, October 21st at Prospero’s Bookstore, for a concert that will honor the life and work of Violeta Parra. Remembered as the “Mother of Latin American Folk” for pioneering the Nueva canción Chilena, a renewal of Chilean folk traditions that blossomed into a movement which celebrated the fight for social justice throughout Latin America.
Time: 7pm @ Prospero’s Books on 39th Street.
Program: Short Presentation on the life & works of Violeta Parra; followed by concert
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/298559590623496/permalink/302846233528165/
Organized by: Pablo Sanhueza in partnership with Polis: Cultural Planning.
We had a great time in Topeka at the 14th Annual Great Overland Station Gala! Attendees participated salsa lessons and partied to raise funds for the preservation and program fund of Topeka’s historic train station.
A few moments from our appearance at the Kansas City Jazz & Heritage Festival! Congratulations and many thanks to our friends and supporters at the American Jazz Museum on the successful Festival Weekend!
Promoting for the KC Jazz & Heritage Festival is in full force! Check out clips from recent morning shows around the city! Pablo Sanhueza & the KC Latin Jazz All-Stars play Friday, May 26th at 7pm in the Gem Theater. Join us at 18th & Vine as we continue to add our Latin flavor to the new era of Kansas City jazz!
If you can not foot the bill for the Jazz Fest ticket…catch us at the Blue Room Thursday, May 25th for our regular monthly Salsa and Latin Jazz night! See you there! As always FREE admission…but please tip the bartenders!
Watch our performance on Kansas City Live! We come in at the 2:00 mark.
For a full Jazz Fest line up click here.
When the kids dance…you know it is hot! A special thank you to Will & crew at Prospero’s Books for the public space to present our art!
The KC Latin Jazz All-Stars provided the main entertainment for the 4th Annual Comida Event which was held at Kansas City’s historic Union Station on April 20th. With over 500 people in attendance, the annual culinary event is a joint fundraising effort for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City and the Greater Kansas City Hispanic Collaborative.
Pablo and KCLJAS also welcomed the event organizers and out-of-town guests with Latin Jazz tunes for the Chefs Reception on April 18 at the American Jazz Museum.
If you were not able to make it to the show for Women in Latin Jazz at the Blue Room last month, here is a clip from the the show…and if you were there…maybe you still feel the groove??? Thank you for your support! See you soon!