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.
Saturday, February 1 - 8pm to 10pm: Josh Quinlan Quartet ($5 cover)
Joining us from Denver, welcome Josh Quinlan back to Take Five. He appeared with Clint Ashlock and Ben Markley in December and just blew us away. Tonight he'll be focusing on the music of the master - John Coltrane.
Friday, February 7 - 8pm to 10pm: Gerald Spaits Trio ($5 cover)
Bass master Gerald Spaits brings multi-instrumentalist Charles Perkins along for the ride, and what a ride it is.
Saturday, February 8 - 8pm to 10pm: Peter Schlamb Quartet ($5 cover)
The hottest young quartet in town. Peter Schlamb (vibes), Hermon Mehari (trumpet), John Kizilarmut (drums) and Karl McComas-Reichl (bass); it's electric in here every time they take the floor. Come see why.
Friday, February 14 - 8pm to 10pm: Special Valentine's Day Performance with the Bryan Hicks Quartet ($5 cover)
Cap off your special night with us. Bryan (vocals, bass) is bringing Rod Fleeman (guitar), Doug Auwarter (drums) and Matt Otto (sax) this evening, and we'll be offering special wine, coffee and dessert pairings for the perfect sweetheart of an evening.
Saturday, February 15 - 8pm to 10pm: Marcus Lewis Quintet ($10 cover)
We are thrilled to have Marcus Lewis (trombone) in the house; he's been touring with Janelle Monae and recently released his first album, "Facing East" featuring arists such as Logan Richardson and Sam Harris. On this night he brings a stellar group - Matt Otto (sax), Peter Schlamb (vibes), Karl McComas-Reichl (bass) and Ryan Lee (drums). Don't miss this dynamic show!
Friday, February 21 - 8pm to 10pm: The Kessler/Embrey Conspiracy ($5 cover)
Stan Kessler (trumpet), Danny Embrey (guitar), Jeff Harshbarger (bass) and Sam Wisman (drums) can literally take you anywhere you want to go. We can't wait to see where we end up.
Saturday, February 22 - 8pm to 10pm: MAMBO WORLD! with Miguel Mambo DeLeon ($5 cover)
Bring your dancing shoes and find some space - you won't be able to help yourself on this night of HOT Latin, Jazz and Salsa. Miguel (percussion & vocals) will be joined by Pat Conway (percussion), Dominique Sanders (bass), Alyssa Murray (keys) and Steve Lambert (sax/flute). He'll also be selling copies of his new CD "Carte Blanc", be sure to pick one up!
Friday, February 28 - 8pm to 10pm: Dominique Sanders Trio ($5 cover)
A super tight trio, Dominique (bass), Ryan Lee (drums) and Andrew Ouellette (keys) have been making waves all over Kansas City, so come out, sit down and hold on. It'll be a fun ride.
Saturday, March 1 - 8pm to 10pm: Forward ($5 cover)
Clint Ashlock has put together a killer group with some equally killer original compositions for you. Clint (trumpet) is joined by Andrew Ouellette (keys), Michael Shults (sax), John Kizilarmut (drums) and Karl McComas-Reichl (bass).
Thursday, March 6 - 8pm to 10pm: Jeff Harshbarger Trio with SPECIAL GUEST ($10 cover)
If you've been following our programming, you know we had a "secret special guest" show last December. That guest ended up being Logan Richardson. This date with Jeff Harshbarger (bass), Roger Wilder (keys) and Mike Warren (drums) will deliver the goods as well. No, we can't tell you who it is. Yes, you want to be here.
Friday, March 7 - 8pm to 10pm: Steve Lambert Quartet feat. Peter Schlamb ($5 cover)
Widely recognized as one of the best young sax players in the city, Steve Lambert brings vibraphonist Peter Schlamb, bassist Seth Lee (who just won the Alaadeen Award of Excellence) and drummer Matt Leifer to knock your socks off. That is if you can find them after Thursday's performance.
Saturday, March 8 - 8pm to 10pm: Brandon Mezzelo Quartet ($5 cover)
Coming to you all the way from Springfield, MO, this will be Brandon's second performance at Take Five. The fist one was outstanding, so if you missed it, don't make that mistake twice. Brandon (sax) will be playing with none other than Ken Lovern (B3), Kevin Frazee (drums) and Myles Gorham (guitar) for this show. Pick up a copy of his latest CD release, "Rise", while you're here.
Friday, March 14 - 8pm to 10pm: Rich Wheeler Quartet ($5 cover)
Rich (sax) brings it back to Take Five with Bill McKemy (bass), TJ Martley (keys) and Ben Leifer (bass) for a little March madness of our own variety. Come on by.
Saturday, March 15 - 8pm to 10pm: Megan Birdsall ($5 cover)
The extraordinary Megan Birdsall is back in the house for a night of jazz vocals like only she can do.
Friday, March 21 - 8pm to 10:30pm: Sons of Brasil ($5 cover)
Latin jazz with the best of the best - Stan Kessler, Doug Auwarter, Greg Whitfield and Danny Embrey always deliver.
Saturday, March 22 - 8pm to 10pm: Todd Strait ($10 cover)
We are so excited to welcome Todd Strait back to Take Five. Originally from Topeka, now headquartered in Portland, Oregon - Todd has performed with such lumnaries as Karrin Allyson and Eldar Djangirov among many others, and it's always an event when he comes to town. tonight he'll perform with Bob Bowman (bass), Rod Fleeman (guitar) and Peter Schlamb (vibes).
Friday, March 28 - 8pm to 10pm: FINAL FRIDAYS with the Peter Schlamb Quartet ($5 cover)
Introducing a new series for Take Five, "FINAL FRIDAYS with the Peter Schlamb Quartet". We're thrilled to host Peter (vibes) along with John Kizilarmut (drums), Hermon Mehari (trumpet) and Karl McComas-Reichl (bass) on the last Friday of each month. They'll have some special guests joining them from time to time, but the core quartet itself is so killer it's well worth a monthly rotation.
Saturday, March 29 - 8pm to 10pm: Mike Herrera Trio ($5 cover)
Usually when Mike's here it's with a larger group, tonight in trio format you get the chance to really hear all three of these outstanding musicians shine. John Kizilarmut (drums) and Karl McComas-Reichl (bass) may just set up cots from Friday night's show.
The Groovy Bean, L.L.C.