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Jazz in the Valley

Jazz in the Valley

Jazz in the Valley, 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, 2021

Education Center Building Terrace
3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City
Rain or shine. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome.

Vocalist Lisa Henry, trumpet player Chalis O’Neal and pianist Charles D. Williams will be the performers at MCC-Penn Valley’s inaugural Jazz in the Valley. The free jazz festival will be 6-9 P.M. Friday, Sept. 17, outdoors near the campus’ Education Center. O’Neal and Williams are Penn Valley alums. If the weather is inclement, the event will move inside the Campus Center.

This annual event will support the creation of a music engineering program at MCC-Penn Valley. Here’s more on this year’s performers:

Lisa Henry

Lisa Henry is a dynamic vocalist with a combination of swingin’ cool and down-home class.

A Kansas City native, she began by singing gospel music in the Baptist church. Over the past 15 years, Henry has toured the globe, sharing the stage with many well-known artists. Her latest recording, "Live from 18th and Vine," has received critical acclaim.

Chalis O'Neal

Chalis O'Neal is an artist and musician born and raised in Kansas City.

O’Neal picked up the trumpet at the age of 11 and began studying music at Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts. He majored in jazz studies with a minor in classical trumpet under the direction of jazz legend Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. O’Neal also is the lead trumpeter for the Afro futuristic band Arquesta Del SolSoul.

Charles D. Williams

Charles D. Williams is a native of Kansas City, Kansas, and has played piano for more than 40 years.

As a trombonist, he studied under Leon Brady at Sumner High School and supplemented this training with musical studies under the tutelage of the late Reginald Buckner. Today, Williams performs as the pianist for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and also is an Instructor for the American Jazz Museum Jazz Academy, teaching advanced jazz piano and jazz combo classes.

Get involved! Sign up to volunteer at the event (setup, take-down or general assistance).