I’ve been attending one or two Kansas City jam sessions per week for the last 2 months. Last night I went to The Phoenix for Everette DeVan’s jam. I had a fantastic time, as always.
Everette of course, is an amazingly talented Hammond B-3 organ player. One of the big advantages to this particular jam session is that you get to play with him. He’s very welcoming to new players, and has been a mentor toward lots of young players in the Kansas City jazz scene.
Matt Hopper is his current guitarist. I’d heard Matt’s name quite a few times through the years, and finally got a chance to hear and play with him. He’s a great player, and has a funny sense of humor too. Lot’s of fun to be around.
I finally got a chance to hear drummer Danny Rojas play. He’s another player’s name I’d heard mentioned quite a few times, but had never seen perform. Danny is Everette’s regular drummer, which says a lot. After watching him play, I can see why. He’s a fantastic player, and a hell of a nice guy as well.
Everette has 2 very talented singers performing with him. They act as the primary hosts for the jam session, which works very well.
I’d heard Dionne Jeroue on a previous occasion. In addition to being a great jazz singer, Dionne can belt out the blues with the best of them, and has charisma in spades.
Kelly Gant is originally from Wichita, KS. She comes from a very musical family. Her grandfather was a big-band drummer, and her great grandfather was a trumpet player and big-band leader. Influenced by Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, Kelly sings, swings, and scats effortlessly in perfect tune, never missing a note.
Everette DeVan’s jam session takes place every Tuesday night, 7-11 p.m. It’s not just for players either. This is a great chance for fans to hear some great Kansas City jazz in the middle of the week.
The Phoenix Jazz Club
302 W 8th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105