Jazz & BBQ 2012


The 11th annual Jazz & BBQ benefit for the UMKC Jazz Studies program is Sunday, October 14, 2012. Legendary jazz trumpeter Gerald Wilson will receive a lifetime achievement award. The event, which is extremely popular and typically sold out, begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and buffet dinner. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with Bobby Watson and Dan Thomas leading the UMKC Conservatory Concert Jazz Band and the 11 O'Clock Jazz Band, respectively.

Bobby Watson, William D. and Mary Grant / Missouri Professor of Jazz Studies and Dan Thomas, assistant director of jazz studies, both agree, “We are now attracting national talent that stretches far beyond the Midwest. Many of these students are coming in at the graduate level and are playing an instant role at the university and in the community. Evidence of our growth is the Concert Jazz Orchestra making it to number 4 on the national airplay charts with the recording of The Gates BBQ Suite. Our students are Betty Carter Fellows, teaching assistants at leading jazz programs throughout the country, Banff Artist Residents, recording artists and have won many of the world’s most prestigious jazz competitions.”

Jazz Friends is a unique and enormously supportive group whose mission to encourage the creative artistry and talent of the UMKC Conservatory students and faculty is deeply rooted in the members’ love of jazz and philanthropy. Jazz & BBQ is but one symbol of the Jazz Friends’ success and support.

The event is in the UMKC Student Union, fourth floor multipurpose room, 5100 Cherry St., KCMO. Ticket prices: Patron levels $1,000, $500, $250, $175 and $100. Concert and buffet, $75 Concert only, $30

A VIP reception is 5–6 p.m. preceding the event, on the rooftop of the Student Union. 

Get information on prices and RSVP by September 28, 816-235-1561 or here.

For more information, please contact:

Name: Dana Self
Phone: 816-235-2949