JAZZ BEAT: Phoenix Fest Saturday afternoon at The Phoenix (via Jazz Beat)

Once a year, the Phoenix closes Eighth Street between Broadway and Central — a stretch known as Scamps Alley, for the legends who epitomized Kansas City-style jazz and played the piano bar for years. This is Phoenix Fest, and its seventh such celebration, this weekend, brings its mix of music indoors and outside. The party starts in the afternoon and stretches into the night. Outside, Brody Buster kicks off the day off with the blues, followed by the funk and soul and R&B-inflected jazz of J. Love. Jason Vivone & the Billy Bats circle back to the blues after that. Then the indoor music begins with Tim Whitmer & KC Express’ jazz. Mille Edwards and the Wild Women of KC go on after that, before blues from Stone Cutters Union, with Amanda Fish, caps the night.

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