Jazz is a part of Kansas City much as giving back to the community is ingrained in the tradition of Southminster Church.
Tim Whitmer and the KC Express will play at the church at 4-6 p.m. Nov. 24, the latest offering in Southminster’s concert series.
The event at the church at 63rd Street and Roe Avenue will be free and open to the public.
Whitmer, a jazz pianist, and his quintet, the KC Express, will play in Southminster’s sanctuary where the acoustics are marvelous for the church’s Casavant pipe organ, choral groups and a wide variety of other music, said Jeff Clayton, Southminster’s senior pastor.
Jazz was introduced into the lineup of the music series only after Southminster had offered the concerts for years. It’s proven to be a popular addition.
“I see it as part of the cultural legacy of Kansas City,” Clayton said.
The jazz concerts also have been appreciated by the musicians, who sometimes encounter challenges in finding a good venue and an attentive audience, Clayton said.
“These incredibly talented people have a hard time getting their music out there,” Clayton said.
Past performers in the series have included, Angela Hagenbach, Joe Cartwright, Stan Kessler and the Johnson County Community College Jazz Ensemble.
Whitmer and the KC Express are known for building upon the great tradition of Kansas City jazz with an inventive treatment of standards and fanciful original compositions.
Southminster’s members long have viewed the free concert series as a way to share their building and love of music with artists and others, Clayton said. They very much are intended as a gift to the musicians and the wider community.
So, if you like good music and are free Nov. 24, Clayton and other members of the Southminster community hope you’ll stop by.
You are welcome at Southminster. Please visit us at our church for this concert, or for one of our Sunday worship services. You can learn more about us at https://southminsterpres.