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, November 1 - 8pm to 10pm: David Basse/Curtis Lundy Quartet (SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT - $15 COVER)
We are truly honored to have Kansas City legend David Basse for an intimate performance at Take Five. David has performed all over the world with other jazz luminaries like Jay McShann and hosts "12th Street Jump" on Kansas City's own KCUR. Advance tickets are available at firstname.lastname@example.org - and they're going fast..
Saturday, November 2 - 8pm to 11pm: Jeff Harshbarger Quintet/Jazz in the Jungle Afterparty ($5 cover)
Yes, you saw it right, this will be a THREE hour show. Jeff (bass) brings Rich Wheeler and Matt Otto (saxes), Brian Baggett (guitar) and drummer Brian Steever who will join the group for their second set after performing at Blue Valley High School's fundraiser Jazz in the Jungle that same evening. This show will be the official afterparty for that fundraiser as well. If you're of a mind to support high school music programs, Take Five will be selling tickets for the fundraiser (featuring Parallax and Sons of Brasil), and you'll still have plenty of time to catch the greatness of Jeff's quintet. That said - if you want to see the full set at Take Five on this night - we humbly suggest arriving early.
Sunday, November 3 - 7pm to 9pm: Chilliott ($3 cover)
Are you ready for something a little different? Join us tonight for Chilliott - a three piece groove oriented fusion band featuring Charlie Harris (bass), Elliott Stevens (percussion) and BJ Presnell (banjo). This trio met at Victor Wooten's band camp, dropped in to jam at a Take Five Open Mic, and blew the room away.
Thursday, November 7 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm: UMKC Saxophone Studio
The saxophone studio at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance maintains a tradition of excellence established over the past several decades. Formerly under the direction of Tim Timmons, the studio is in its first year under Zach Shemon of the world famous PRISM Quartet. Alumni of the Conservatory saxophone studio have gone on to win positions with top military bands, have been appointed to faculty positions at universities across North America, and have placed at prestigious national and international saxophone competitions.
Join us at Take Five for a special evening of saxophone quartets, a saxophone choir featuring sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bari and bass saxophones, and solo performances. As a special treat, Professor Shemon, fresh off an October performance at Carnegie Hall, will be playing Barry Cockroft's "Ku Ku" for solo soprano saxophone - you won't believe your ears!
Friday, November 8 - 8pm to 10pm: Philip Wakefield Trio ($5 cover)
Drummer Philip Wakefield is bringing Brian Ruskin (guitar) and Blake Hughes (bass) to entertain you with original compositions and some swingin' standards.
Saturday, November 9 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm: KC Sound ($5 cover)
Take Five will be closed from 5pm to 8pm for a private Arts Alive event on this evening, and will reopen at 8 for the KC Sound. And oh, what a reason to open the doors - Steve Lambert (sax), Brad Williams (drums), Hermon Mehari (trumpet), Dominique Sanders (bass) and Andrew Ouellette (keys) will tear the room down, as they always do.
Monday, November 11 - 7pm to 9pm: Interstring ($5 cover)
Drummer Todd Strait will be back in town, and has reunited the legendary Interstring Quartet for this special Monday night performance. In addition to Todd, Interstring is comprised of Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey (guitar) and Bob Bowman (bass). A Monday night has never felt so good.
Wednesday, November 13 - 7pm to 9pm: Open Mic
Take Five's ever popular Open Mic is hosted by Philip Wakefield; come on over early to get a spot on the list!
Friday, November 15 - 8pm to 10pm: MBIRD ($5 cover)
Sometimes we don't do jazz. This is one of those times. Join us for MBIRD - fronted by singer Megan Birdsall and featuring Michael Andrew Smith (guitar), Ben Leifer (bass) and Matt Leifer (drums) - the room will definitely be rocking. And we mean ROCKING.
Saturday, November 16 - 8:45pm to 10:45pm: Matt Carrillo Quartet ($5 cover)
Sax man Matt Carrillo is back in KC for a brief visit, and we have him at Take Five! Matt's outstanding sax skills will be supported by bassist Micah Herman, Mark Lowrey on keys and Brad Williams on drums. Do NOT miss this show - Matt is living full time in NYC and it's always a special occasion when he comes back to KC. Note the late start time!!!
Friday, November 22 - 8pm to 10pm: Origins of Groove ($5 cover)
Pianist Paul Roberts brings his jazz/funk band Origins of Groove back to Take Five. Also featuring Tim Cambron (drums), Greg Whitfield (bass) and Matt Hopper (guitar) this is a super-tight band you don't want to miss.
Saturday, November 23 - 8pm to 10pm: Shay Estes & Friends ($5 cover)
It's sure to be a good night any time Shay's around. Joining her tonight will be Matt Otto (sax), Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Karl McComas-Reichl (bass)
Friday, November 29 - 8pm to 10pm: Project H ($5 cover)
This outstanding septet features all original compositions and ridiculous talent. Leader Ryan Heinlein (trombone) swings it with Clint Ashlock (trumpet), Dominique Sanders (bass), Andrew Ouellette (keys), Matt Leifer (drums), Jeff Stocks (guitar) and Brett Jackson (sax).
Saturday, November 30 - 8pm to 10pm: Sons of Brasil ($5 cover)
Put a little samba in your holiday season! The Sons know how to warm up a cold night - Stan Kessler (trumpet), Danny Embrey (guitar), Greg Whitfield (bass) and Doug Auwarter (drums) are the absolute best at what they do, and then some.
DECEMBER (aka KC Homecoming month at Take Five!)
Friday, December 6 - 8pm to 10pm: Brian Scarborough Quintet ($5 cover)
The first of many homecomings this month, KC native and composer Brian Scarborough is back in town and is bringing his outstanding quintet to Take Five. In addition to Brian (trombone), this quintet features Jeff Harshbarger (bass), Matt Otto (sax), TJ Martley (keys) and Brandon Draper (drums). What a lineup! Five amazing reasons to mark your calendar now.
Saturday, December 7 - 8pm to 10pm: Clint Ashlock w/Ben Markley ($5 cover)
Join us for a special show with Denver pianist Ben Markley, ASCAP Jazz Composers award winner. Ben has recorded with luminaries such as Greg Gisbert and the group Raincheck. Also joining us from Denver that night is saxophonist Josh Quinlan, instructor of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado. If that's not enough, the group is rounded out by Clint Ashlock (trumpet), John Kizilarmut (drums) and Ben Leifer (bass).
Friday, December 13 - 8pm to 10pm: Peter Schlamb Quartet w/Special Guest ($10 cover)
As if a quartet featuring Peter Schlamb (vibes), Hermon Mehari (trumpet), Karl McComas-Reichl (bass) and John Kizilarmut (drums) isn't fabulous enough, on this night we will have a VERY special out of town guest. Nope, we aren't going to say who it is. Trust us, and come find out for yourself.
Saturday, December 14 - 8pm to 10:30pm: Parallax ($5 cover)
The only slot in December NOT featuring an out of town guest belongs to the powerhouse quintet Parallax. Stan Kessler (trumpet), Ryan Lee and Brian Steever (drums), Bill McKemy (bass/sousaphone) and Roger Wilder (keys) never fail to bring their best.
Friday, December 20 - 8pm to 10pm: Matt Otto w/Steve Cardenas ($5 cover)
Kansas City native Steve Cardenas (guitar) is legendary. He's recorded with Paul Motian, Charlie Haden and Joey Baron just to name a few. Tonight he's at Take Five with Matt Otto (sax), Ryan Lee (drums) and Bob Bowman (bass) playing the music of Thelonious Monk.. Make plans accordingly.
Saturday, December 21 - 8pm to 10pm: Matt Chalk ($5 cover)
A hearty welcome home for the holidays to sax wonder Matt Chalk, who is presently killing it in NYC.
Sunday, December 22 - 7pm: Ellington's Nutcracker ($10 cover)
Clint Ashlock and friends are putting together an elite holiday treat for you; come join us for this special interpretation of a holiday favorite.
Friday, December 27 - 8pm to 10pm: Ben Leifer Quartet featuring Kevin Cerovich ($5 cover)
Kansas City native Kevin Cerovich is an award-winning trombonist, and we're thrilled to have him rock the house with the excellent company of Ben Leifer (bass), John Kizilarmut (drums) and Mike Herrera (sax).
Saturday, December 27 - 8pm to 10pm: Drew Williams Quintet ($5 cover)
This is becoming an annual event - welcome Drew Williams back to Take Five to kick your New Year's celebrations into high gear a little ahead of schedule. Drew (sax) is the leader of the famed Drew Williams Nonet in NYC, and he has blown our minds every time he comes to play. This time he's accompanied by Bill McKemy (bass), Tim Aubuchon (tenor), Brendan Culp (drums) and Scott Bein (guitar).
We'll be taking a breather on New Year's Eve. Everyone at Take Five wishes you and yours a happy and safe New Year's - see you in 2014!!!
The Groovy Bean, L.L.C.