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Monthly Event Hosted at Mutual Musicians Foundation
February 22, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Kansas City, one of the cradles of jazz, bred a number of significant big bands and talented soloists, who revolutionized jazz in America. These musicians belonged to Local No. 627, one of a handful of African-American musicians unions affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians.
Established in 1917, Local 627, the “Colored Musicians Union,” operated as a social center and clearinghouse for engagements. In 1929, the union bought a plain-brick, two-story apartment building and an adjacent small house at 1823-25 Highland for its headquarters. Musicians raised the money to convert the apartment building into a headquarters with a mammoth benefit dance at Paseo Hall in early December 1929.
Today, the tradition jams on at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, located at 1823 Highland Avenue, in the heart of the historic 18th and Vine District. Since 1930, musicians have gathered at the Foundation on Friday and Saturday nights after midnight to jam into the early morning hours. MMF is also home to a new FM radio station, KOJH, which promotes jazz and Kansas City’s Jazz District.
Join us at the Mutual Musicians Foundation on February 22nd as they kick-off their 100th Anniversary and thanks to Cramer Capital Management for their sponsorship of this event!
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