Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Spine Showcases is back for another round of performance in the month of April! With programming curated by Kelley Gant, patrons can expect some of the freshest experiences that the Kansas City jazz scene has to offer.
This evening, the Natalie Bates Quartet will use the American language of music in original works born from a personal place that speak to the universal. Classic jazz-era sounds mix with contemporary compositions for a musical experience that’s as diverse as Kansas City itself.
After the first act, a small ensemble of Spine Showcase performers and special guests will utilize effect pedals, computerized gear, and unexpected instrumentation to create fascinating new sounds in a completely improvised set of music.
The Spine Showcases are FREE and open to the public. Every show takes place at Capsule (located 1664 Broadway Blvd, KCMO). Spine Showcases occur on the third Thursday of every month. Doors open at 7:30 PM and the performance begins at 8:00 PM.Capsule (1664 Broadway Blvd., KCMO) Charlotte Street Foundation firstname.lastname@example.org
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Jazz is the native language of the Natalie Bates Quartet – the “Lady Jazz” foursome based in Kansas City. The band was formed as a trio in 2016, when a local club owner approached these women, all seasoned UMKC graduates, identifying a need for female jazz instrumentalists. The band soon after became a quartet, and in 2018, Austin-based Jackie Myers became a permanent addition on keyboard.
The group performs regularly at private events and venues such as The Green Lady Lounge, KC Bier Station, and Tom’s Town Distillery. Their repertoire includes popular jazz standards and exciting original compositions. Band leader Bates’ dynamic drumming sets the foundation punctuated by the calculated cool of Carly Atwood’s upright bass. Rhythm and melody are provided by Myers and Aryana Nemati on bari sax. The Natalie Bates Quartet are enthusiastic ambassadors highlighting the opportunities and artistry of the Kansas City jazz tradition.
Kelley Gant oversees programming for Spine Showcases in 2019. She is a KC-based vocalist who is passionate about her musical community. Her creative work includes deep knowledge of vocal tunes within the American Songbook, as well as various looping machines and effect pedals. A talented improvisor, Kelley is adept at using her vocals, whistling, and arsenal of effect pedals to create beautiful music on the fly while working within a traditional jazz ensemble or her small electro/acoustic band.
In addition to performing and writing music, Kelley has worked as an event band producer and producer of one-time performances, working with hundreds of Kansas City’s musicians. Her organizational skills combined with her dedication to imaginative original work give her a unique perspective, which she is using to elevate and promote overlooked talents in Kansas City.