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Pianist Joe Cartwright makes his home in Mission, Kansas and is recognized as a proponent of ‘Kansas City Jazz.’ He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and has been musical director at Unity Village Chapel in Unity Village, Missouri. Most recently, Cartwright was the music director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show “12th Street Jump.” Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings, many for his own record label, Lafayette Music. Some of his credits include work with jazz luminaries Eddie Harris, Christian McBride, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme. Cartwright has performed for audiences in Africa, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the fall of 2012, the Joe Cartwright Quartet headlined the CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay as representatives of Kansas City Jazz.
Pianist Joseph Lafayette Cartwright makes his home in Mission, Kansas and is recognized as a proponent of ‘Kansas City Jazz.’ He is a graduate of the UMKC Con-servatory of Music and currently serves as music director for Unity Village Chapel in Unity Village, Missouri. Joe has performed on and produced numerous record-ings, many on his own label, Lafayette Music, including the 2017 release Out Of This World, featuring vocalist Molly Hammer. Some of his credits include work with jazz luminaries Eddie Harris, Christian McBride, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme. Cartwright has performed for audiences in Africa, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the fall of 2012, the Joe Cartwright Quartet headlined the CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay as representatives of Kansas City Jazz.
Rod Fleeman has been a professional guitarist for over 30 years. He developed a love for jazz while a freshman at Southwest High School in Kansas City, MO. After high school Fleeman attended the University of Utah and studied jazz guitar under Dr. William Fowler. Fleeman returned to Kansas City to work extensively after his freshman year. He played jazz six nights a week at various jazz venues, became the staff guitarist at Starlight Theatre and “learned the ropes” of playing a myriad of musical genres as a freelance musician and member of the Kansas City Musician’s Union Local 34-627.
Fleeman returned to the academic environment after receiving a scholarship to attend the University of Miami. He was drawn to Miami because of the outstanding jazz program and the recommendation he received from former Miami student, Pat Metheny. Fleeman made the number one jazz band and continued his professional career as a guitarist for various shows on Miami Beach. A move to New York was next, where Fleeman did extensive touring and recording with the jazz fusion group Dry Jack. Since returning to Kansas City in 1981, he has toured and recorded with such artists as Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson, Jay McShann, Claude Williams and Interstring. Fleeman has taught jazz guitar at Missouri Western State College and is currently on staff at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Tyrone Clark born in Chicago, raised in Kansas City, Missouri, has played professionally
since he was eighteen years of age. Although adept in a variety of musical genres, Clark’s concept and interpretation of playing is stylistically best described as rooted in the Kansas City jazz tradition, as described by a fellow musician, that Tyrone is one of the few who impeccably delivers that style. Clark is a full bassist and is always right there – “just when you need him”. Tyrone’s drive sense of rhythm and melody supports the music and delivers a solid foundation. Such proficiency has placed Clark on stage and in studio alongside such talents as: Author Prysock, Hank Crawford, Eddie Harris, Benny Golson, Cyrus Chestnut, Nicholas Payton, Milt Jackson, Billy Taylor, Max Roach, Kevin Mahogany, Luqman Hamza, Lisa Henry, Bobby Watson and The Book of Gaia. Joe Cartwright, Ahmad Alaadeen, Ronnell Bright, the Pete Eye Trio, and McFadden Brothers. Clark is also the bassist for the Twelve O’clock Jump radio show and occasionally the Dick Hawk radio show at Gas Light. Tyrone was among the many musicians featured in the 1997 Robert Altman production of “Kansas City” and also on the sound track for the movie and the follow-up extended release “Music of Kansas City”. In addition to a number of pop and gospel recordings, Clark’s studio work includes accompaniment for vocalist: Lisa Henry; Saxophonist, Ahmad Alaadeen, Luqman Hamza, Jazz Disciples, Pete Eye; Joe Cartwright Trio; The Book of Gaia on their respective releases. Additionally, Clark has toured throughout the United States. Japan, Europe and South America .
Internationally acclaimed drummer Michael Warren embodies every exciting element that makes for a rhythmic experience that is “other worldly” and “funky beyond belief.” The percussive genius he displays on the drums knows no limits, making ballads equally as lush and exciting as more up-tempo dance selections. His musical intuition is telepathic. *******************************************************************************************************
As one of the most well-rounded and creative drummers around, he is particularly known for his unmistakable “Kansas City Swing Feel.” The late jazz drummer Max Roach praised Michael’s prowess on the drum kit, and Lincoln Center’s Wynton Marsalis, upon hearing Michael play, exclaimed about his “in the pocket” groove: “Yeah man, you in there!”
A highly sought after national and international adjudicator and clinician, Michael Warren continues his 25 year + commitment to teaching students all over the globe. For 15 years, Michael Warren held the position of Jazz Drum Set Professor at the University of Missouri, Kansas City’s Music Conservatory. A first call drummer in Kansas City, nationally and internationally, Michael Warren is a masterful song writer, arranger, and recording artist. He has written and arranged for many bands and artists including The Jazz Disciples, Voyage, ECLIPSE and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocalist winner and recording artist Lisa Henry.
Covid 19 and Your Safety
In accordance with the guidance and recommendations set forth by the CDC and local health officials, we respectfully request that the following guests not attend events at TPAC:
-Guests who are feeling sick or experiencing cold or flu-like symptoms (including fever, cough and shortness of breath);
-Guests who have been diagnosed with, or believe to have contracted, COVID-19, unless you have had no fever for 72 hours (without use of medicine) and 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared;
-Guests who have been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days; and
-Guests who have traveled internationally in the past 14 days.
*All patrons entering the venue for an event that are will be required to wear a facial covering or mask and keep it on at all times while in the venue. This policy will be in place until further notice.
*All patrons are asked to respect social distancing (6 feet or more) whenever possible.
*All patrons are asked to minimize gathering in large social clusters when not seated in your designated seating area.
Wash hands frequently and apply hand sanitizer when available.