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The “Diverse Plays Michael Jackson” project is back and is moving to the Uptown Theater in Kansas City on Saturday, November 30. Like always, the show will feature vocalists Julia Haile, Anthony Saunders, and Lee Langston along with musicians Tim Braun, Brad Williams and Kinyon Price. Special guest emcee Reach will join Diverse as well. The music spans through all of Michael Jacksons’ catalogue including Jackson 5 material and songs from the 2000′s. This special project is not one to be missed! Doors at 8 PM. Tickets can be bought at door or through Ticketmaster by clicking here.
The Diverse Trio will be performing at the Crossroads Music Festival in KC on Saturday, September 14th. They will be at Czar from 11:30 PM – 12: 30 AM. Other artists that have been affiliated with Diverse will also be performing at this festival, including Lee Langston and the Hearts of Darkness. Check out the CMF website and Facebook page for more information on tickets and full schedule.
The “Diverse Plays Prince” project will be the feature at the Purple Party on Saturday, July 20th at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City. It will consist of the same members from the “Diverse Plays Michael Jackson” show. The vocalists are Anthony Saunders, Julia Haile, and Lee Langston. The instrumentalists include the core members of Diverse: Ben Leifer (bass), Ryan Lee (drums), and Hermon Mehari (trumpet). They are joined again by Tim Braun (guitar), Brad Williams (percussion) and Kinyon Price (keys). Special guests emcee Reach and Les Izmore will make appearances as well. The music played will range from Prince’s second album to his albums in the 90′s. DJ Mike Scott will spin between sets. Doors are open at 8 PM, with music beginning at 9 PM. Tickets are only $5, and $10 for those under 21.
The second Diverse album is currently being mixed and is almost finished with the process. It will be mastered by the end of the month. Please stay tuned to find out about the eventual release and other details!
This Thursday, June 6, Diverse will return to the Blue Room on 18th and Vine in quintet format featuring vibraphonist Peter Schlamb and alto saxophonist Matt Chalk. The music will include some of Schlamb and Chalk’s originals and many Diverse numbers that will be on the upcoming album. Admission is free and the concert goes from 7-11 PM.
Diverse will play the inaugural performance at the NEW M Productions Headquarters, home of Megan Birdsall and MBird! The first set will be Diverse Trio and the second set the group will be joined by drummer Brad Williams and emcees Les Izmore and Reach. This will be an outdoor concert from 9-11 PM. The address of M Productions is 2936 Cherry Street. $7 at the door!
Ben Leifer composition “Sam” which will be on the upcoming Diverse album.
Diverse’s pianist Tony Tixier will be in Kansas City from Paris, France this weekend. There will be a surprise house concert in Brookside this Sunday at 8:30 PM featuring Tony and newer material by Diverse. E-mail diversejazz(insert “@”)gmail.com for the address.
Trumpeter Hermon Mehari and drummer Ryan Lee of Diverse will perform with Bobby Watson and the Kansas City Symphony tonight and tomorrow night (8 PM shows) at the Kauffman Center. They are part of an all star big band that Watson has put together and will be performing some of Watson’s original music, a Kansas City tribute suite, and Ellington’s take on Peer Gynt. Bobby Watson appeared as a guest artist on Diverse’s debut album and was also the executive producer of it as well. For more info or to buy tickets for the shows this weekend, click here.
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