MUSIC AT THE MARKET
Join us at The Market at Meadowbrook for live performances from some of Kansas City’s best musicians, every Friday and Saturday from 4:30-7:00pm.
Friday, March 1 | 4:30-7:00pm
Bryan Hicks was introduced to music in high school, where he played cello, bass, and sang. After only one year of college as a cello major, he became a full time professional at the age of 20. He started his career with the Inner-City Orchestra, an 18-piece big band that originally hired him as a guitarist. Later, he switched to bass, and he stayed with the Inner-City Orchestra for 1½ years. It was during this time that he started playing clubs and events with well-established players: “Fats” Dennis, Roy Searcy, Ed Pharr, Oliver Todd, Rich Hill, Ben Kynard, John Lyman, Dean Stringer, Orville “Piggy” Minor, and others.
For three years, Bryan played with Rich Hill and the Riffs, featuring Ida McBeth. It was during this time that he became a founding member of the Bon Ton Soul Accordion Band. He also worked with the likes of Mose Allison, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Charlie Mussellwhite.
Bryan also played and sang with Jazzmania, the house band at the famed Milton’s Taproom jazz club. He played concerts with Jim Snidero, Dave Glenn, “Slide” Hampton, and was a member of the Tommy Ruskin Trio, among others. He also played and sang with Karrin Allyson for two recordings.
He played in a popular trio with Rod Fleeman and Randy Weinstein at the Boulevard Café Sunday brunch for three years. He helped co-found Malachy Papers, an avante garde jazz-rock ensemble, and he toured France twice with this band. In New York City, Bryan played with Benny Waters, “Red” Richards, Stan Hope, Joe Farnsworth, “Doc” Cheatum, and Teri Thornton.
Cynthia van Roden
Saturday, March 2 | 4:30-7:00pm
Cynthia van Roden’s playfulness, lush contralto, and sophisticated delivery will transport you back to another era. This chanteuse adds a glamorous glow to her unique set of vintage jazz, swing, standards, blues, bossa nova, Latin and French songs.
Cynthia was nominated this year for KC’s Favorite Vocalist by KC Jazz Ambassadors, and the quartet nominated for The Best Jazz Band by The Pitch.
The Huixqui Sisters
Friday, March 8 | 4:30-7:00pm
The Huixqui Sisters – pronounced “whiskey” – are an acoustic vocal duet accompanied by guitar and keys. They create custom arrangements of our favorite songs, with a vocal blend only achieved by sisters and vocal precision setting us apart from others. Their professional training allows them to adapt easily to a variety of musical genres including pop, folk, latino, jazz, and oldies.
Learn more at thehuixquisisters.com
Saturday, March 9 | 4:30-7:00pm
Joseph Panella has been performing double bass and electric bass professionally for over a decade.
He studied with Marcos Machado, classical virtuoso and author of “The Tao of Double Bass” at the University of Southern Mississippi. He has also studied with bassist and educator Dr. David Pellow, a Protege of Francois Rabbath and former professor at Carnegie Mellon University, as well as Bob Bowman, legendary bassist with the Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Orchestra.
In 2012, he began working in Nashville as a session and touring musician with the Annie Moses Band, a group that fuses a broad range of influences, including folk, pop, and classical music. He is featured on their studio album, American Rhapsody. During that time, he also met, toured, and recorded with Joshua Carswell. His playing is featured on the albums Debonair and Joshua Carswell: Live in Long Beach, CA.
Currently, Panella resides in the Kansas City Area, performing as a freelance bassist and teaching clinics and private lessons. In the Midwest, he has performed with the likes of Mark Lowrey, Lisa Henry, Matt Otto, Will Matthews, Shay Estes, Stanton Kessler, Danny Embrey, Anthony Pinciotti, Pete Zimmer, Pamela Watson, Ensemble Iberica, Victor and Penny, Owen/Cox Dance Company and many more.
Hot Strings Trio
Friday, March 15 | 4:30-7:00pm
The Hot Strings began as a trio in the summer of 2014. The unique presence of the mandolin in the ensemble allows for an eclectic “acoustic jazz” ambiance which might be heard on the streets of Paris or Rome. The musical banter between soloists combined with unwavering rhythmic integrity promotes the best of our Kansas City jazz heritage.
Violinist Marvin Gruenbaum is classically trained and serves as a current member of the Kansas City Symphony. He is renowned as a violinist/ﬁddler with numerous jazz and alternative groups.
Mandolinist Bruce Graybill, former president of the Classical Mandolin Society, is a multi-year winner of the prestigious mandolin contest at the Walnut Valley Festival in Winﬁeld, Kansas. He is a versatile jazz/bluegrass player and an in-demand national clinician.
Guitarist Charles Gatschet is a popular, long time veteran of the Kansas City jazz scene.
Bassist Nils Aardahl, who is a recently contracted (2022) member of the KC Symphony, is also a highly skilled jazz bassist and welcome new addition to The Hot Strings.
A COUPLE DUETS
Saturday, March 16 | 4:30-7:00pm
Kansas City’s latest premier jazz performers. Paul and Brooke blend pop, jazz, blues, and soul into their own unique style. They met while performing in Alaska, and then wove together a romance and a professional career. They live in Overland Park with their 3 instruments and a garage full of children.
Friday, March 22 | 4:30-7:00pm
Emily is from Prairie Village, KS and started performing live jazz in 2018. With a repertoire of mostly jazz standards and classics from the Great American Songbook, she sings with a range of talented Kansas City musicians in a revolving ensemble.
Learn more at emilydixmusic.com
MARVIN GRUENBAUM JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Saturday, March 23 | 4:30-7:00pm
Marvin Gruenbaum is a Kansas City jazz violinist, known for his highly diverse musical and technical skills. An alumni of the UMKC Conservatory of Music, he is a classically trained violin/violist and a current member of the Kansas City Symphony viola section (since 1982).
As an aﬁcionado of several alternative styles, he has enjoyed the opportunity to arrange and perform as Bluegrass/Jazz violin soloist with the Symphony on over 30 occasions. He also served as ﬁddle player for 21 years for the local “progressive” Bluegrass group, “Spontaneous Combustion,” and currently is the featured Jazz violinist with “A La Mode,” as well as “Hot Strings Trio” (Jazz) and “3 Trails West” (Western Swing).
Friday, March 29 | 4:30-7:00pm
Jackie Myers may have the Midas touch for groove, conjuring up musical styles ranging from soul, jazz and modern R&B each time the talented pianist places her hands on the keys.
Daytrotter’s Pat Stolley says of Jackie’s music “It reminds me of Joni Mitchell’s jazz period.” The finesse on her chosen instrument plays complement to what the Austin Chronicle describes as “her earthy lungs” – beautiful, captivating, complex, and always with an edge.
Learn more at jackiemyersmusic.com.
Saturday, March 30 | 4:30-7:00pm
Lynn Zimmer was surrounded by Dixieland and Swing-era albums in his childhood home at the Lake of the Ozarks. By the time he was 19, he had started gigging professionally on clarinet at the lake’s Osage Beach. Just three years, later Lynn auditioned for and toured with Clyde McCoy, whose famous recording of “Sugar Blues” sold millions.
Next came stints in Kansas City – most notably with the New Red Onion Jazz Babies – and San Francisco – with the legendary Turk Murphy. In 1990, Lynn moved to New Orleans and was hired by the internationally known, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Al Hirt. For the next year and a half, Lynn toured with Hirt and played in his nightclub on Bourbon Street. “I’ve had good clarinet players in my band for many years,” Hirt once said. “In my opinion, the finest has been Lynn Zimmer.”
Lynn eventually moved back to the Lake of the Ozarks and performed at Dick Hawk’s Country Club Hotel & Spa for twelve years. It was there he began his friendship with legendary Nashville recording artist Boots Randolph, of “Yakety Sax” fame, resulting in countless live performances and a CD recording together.