Feb. 2 – “Marc Rice on Bennie Moten,” features scholar Marc Rice, who will speak about significant Kansas City Jazz musician Bennie Moten, whose ensemble eventually became the Count Basie Orchestra. Reception at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 – “Jazz Storytelling: Featuring Lisa Henry, storyteller Brother John, bassist Tyrone Clark and drummer Michael Warren,” is an educational session introducing children to new music and cultures. Held the first Friday of every month. Free. 10 a.m.
Feb. 10 – “An Evening with Artist Rashid Johnson,” is a program hosted in conjunction with the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, whose upcoming exhibition, Hail We Now Sing Joy by Rashid Johnson. Free. 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 – “Pieces of a Dream,” is a performance at the Gem Theater that features pianist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon, two of the original members of the Pieces of a Dream trio that emerged out of Philadelphia’s music scene in 1976. 8 p.m. $45.
Feb. 16 – "Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool 60th Anniversary," celebrates Davis’ album “Birth of the Cool,” which was released in 1957. The show will be held at the Gem Theater with band members including Hermon Mehari, Marcus Lewis and Phil Dunlap, among others. Reception opens at 6 p.m.; program begins at 6:30 p.m. $5 students/$10 adults.
Feb. 17 – “Birthday Beats,” celebrates the birthdays of local, national and international jazz musicians. Come for cake and live music—and learn more about Kansas City’s unique jazz sound. February celebrates American jazz composer, arranger and pianist Tadd Dameron. Free. 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 – “10th Anniversary Screening of the 100 Best Black Movies Ever,” written and produced by Fox 4 film critic Shawn Edwards, the documentary covers the history of black film, with commentary from Danny Glover, Will Smith, Jamie Foxx and many others. Show at Gem Theater begins at 3 p.m. Free.
Feb. 21 – “On Race & Privilege,” is a discussion featuring two of the nation’s foremost experts on structural racism and white privilege, Dr. John A. Powell and Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. This critical dialogue, which takes place at The Gem Theater, will engage on the specific actions needed to create a just and equitable society for tomorrow. 6 p.m. Admission is $20. Click here to purchase tickets.
Feb. 24 – Black History Month Luncheon with Pulitzer Prize winner Michael D’Antonio, author of “The Legacy of Barack Obama: A Consequential President.”
For full list of events or for more information, call 816-842-1414 or visit americanjazzmuseum.org.