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The Brian Scarborough Quintet was founded in 2013 and has been performing throughout the greater Kansas City area ever since.  The ensemble performs original compositions and arrangements by Brian and other members of the band, as well as other music from throughout jazz history.  The band features Brian on trombone, Matt Otto on tenor saxophone, Adam Schlozman on guitar, Jeff Harshbarger on bass, and Brian Steever on drums.  


The Brian Scarborough Trio & Quartet have been performing in the greater Kansas City area since 2015, and have performed for numerous concerts, events (such as the Lenexa Art Fair), weddings, and other special events.  The ensemble features a rotating cast of some of Kansas City’s finest jazz musicians and performs music from the Great American Songbook, as well as jazz standards, and a few choice original compositions.  

Photo by Larry Kopitnik

Photo by Larry Kopitnik

The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City is a musicians' collective formed in 2006 for the purpose of creating and performing new large ensemble jazz music.  The ensemble has three primary purposes: 1. The People's Liberation Big acts as an open forum for composers and arrangers to workshop new compositions. 2. The group actively builds performance repertoire of both individual shorter works and new large scale productions. 3. The ensemble is dedicated to social justice, making the world a better place, and kicking ass.  The ensemble is led by pianist and composer Brad Cox, and features a line-up of some of the foremost creative musicians in Kansas City.  


For more than 30 years, the Boulevard Big Band has been a fixture in the Kansas City jazz community.  The band performs classic big band repertoire, as well as compositions and arrangements by members of the band.  The Boulevard Big Band features some of Kansas City’s finest jazz musicians, and includes members who have traveled the country and world performing this music.  The band can be heard the third Wednesday of every month at the Westport Coffeehouse Theatre.


The Kansas-Nebraska Act was formed in 2017 by pianist and composer David Von Kampen for the purpose of bringing together musicians from these two neighboring states.  The ensemble is a composers’ collective made up of musicians from Kansas City, Omaha, and Lincoln.  The band released its first album in July 2017, The Kansas-Nebraska Act: Music for Small Jazz Ensemble, which is available on iTunes, Amazon, and bandcamp.