Music and Events

Music is an integral part of the Take Five atmosphere. You might have guessed that as we're named after a song and our walls feature images of jazz greats. We program our own music (and gladly pay our ASCAP fees to support the music makers). It's primarily jazz - lots of old Blue Note recordings - but we mix in a healthy dose of good rock, funk, soul and rhythm & blues. If there's something you think we might like to add, tell us. Our ears are always open.

Take Five Coffee Bar also features live music every Friday and Saturday night (and sometimes Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday too) from the amazingly talented artists living in the Kansas City area and beyond. Check our calendar and sign up for our e-mail newsletter to find out who's playing.  Enjoy a latte or a cocktail while you're listening, we won't object.






Friday, April 4 - 8pm to 10pm:  Parallax ($5 cover)

A thrill every time they perform, Parallax is comprised of Stan Kessler (trumpet), Bill McKemy (bass/sousaphone), Roger Wilder (keys) and features Brian Steever AND Ryan Lee on drums.  You have to see it to believe it.


Saturday, April 5 - 8pm to 10pm:  Shay Estes ($5 cover)

The lovely and talented Shay Estes brings Mark Lowrey (keys) and Sam Wisman (drums) for an evening you won't soon forget.  Bring your friends.


Sunday, April 6 - 2pm to 4:30pm:  Eliot Zigmund - Drum Clinic, Masterclass, Performance ($10 to attend, $20 for participating musicians; see below)

This event is a great chance to meet Eliot Zigmund, to hear him teach and perform with an outstanding quartet including:

Rob Scheps (tenor sax)

Roger Wilder (keys)

Bob Bowman (bass)

This event combines the best of a master class and a concert.

Applications to perform will be considered for drummers and other instruments. If you are interested in participating contact Ron Carlson at 913-515-0316 or by email at


Friday, April 11 - 8pm to 10pm:  Project H ($5 cover)

Join Project H for their last show before they head back into the studio to record a new album (which we're anxiously anticipating).  There's sure to be some new tunes along with favorites from their previous recordings, including their outstanding "Become Light".  The group includes Ryan Heinlein (trombone), Matt Leifer (drums), Dominique Sanders (bass), Jeff Stocks (guitar), Andrew Ouellette (keys) and Brett Jackson (sax) and Clint Ashlock (trumpet).


Saturday, April 12 - 8pm to 10pm:  Clint Ashlock Presents - The Songbook of the Jazz Messengers ($5 cover)

Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers were legendary, fostering talent including Kansas City's own Bobby Watson as well as Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Morgan and other giants of jazz.  Clint brings this music to life in our living room playing from charts Bobby used in the original group.  The band includes Clint (trumpet), TJ Martley (keys), Ben Leifer (bass), Brett Jackson and Michael Shults (sax) and Matt Leifer (drums). This is an outstanding musical opportunity - don't miss it.


Friday, April 18 - 8pm to 10pm:  Rob Scheps featuring Eliot Zigmund ($5 cover)

From New York to Portland to Hawaii and all points in between, master sax player Rob Scheps is in town and you know what that means.  An outstanding instrumentalist in his own right, Rob always travels with the best, in this case it's drummer Eliot Zigmund.  Eliot was Bill Evans' drummer for several years and remains a highly sought after session musician, as well as leading his own ensembles.  They will be joined by Kansas City greats Roger Wilder (keys) and Bob Bowman (bass).


Saturday, April 19 - 8pm to 10pm:  Eboni and the Ivories ($5 cover)

This group's first performance at Take Five absolutely brought the house down, and we didn't let her get out the door without booking the next date.  Welcome Eboni Fondren and her band - Chris Hazelton (B3), Kevin Frazee (drums) and Rod Fleeman (guitar). 



Friday, April 25 - 8pm to 10pm:  Final Fridays with the Peter Schlamb Quartet ($5 cover)

Our ongoing series with this outstanding quartet: Peter (vibes), Hermon Mehari (trumpet), Karl McComas-Reichl (bass) and John Kizilarmut (drums) offer up some of the best of Kansas City jazz.


Saturday, April 26 - 8pm to 10pm:  Chris Hazelton Trio ($5 cover)

This trio's CD "Peregrination" is one of our favorites.  Join Chris (B3), Danny Embrey (guitar) and Kevin Frazee (drums) for a night of soul and swing.


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