Kansas City loves its jazz and hip-hop tributes -- and so do we. Les Izmore, Diverse and Reach are at it again: The ensemble will reinterpret A Tribe Called Quest's seminal album, Low End Theory, this month. ATCQ's sophomore album enlisted the help of various jazz influences, including the jazz bassist Ron Carter. This tribute will go down at the Blue Room on January 26. Conceived in part by Glenn North, the American Jazz museum's poet-in-residence, the event is called a "Vibe Called Fresh," and a portion of the proceeds will go toward the American Jazz Museum's efforts to educate the community about Kansas City Jazz.
The show will begin with a screening of "Recovering," a short film by Vashon Middleton of Pyramidwest. The 15-minute film, shot in the Vine District, is equal parts song, spoken word and jazz. Glenn North will speak about the historical link between jazz and hip-hop. Tickets are $10, and the show is 21+.