Jazz concert to celebrate Martin Luther King’s life


On Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 19, the Community Christian Church at 4601 Main Street will host a jazz concert by the Doug Talley Quartet.

The group – saxophonist Doug Talley, bassist James Albright, drummer Keith Kavanaugh, and guest artists Rod Fleeman on guitar and Charles Williams on piano – will perform compositions by the African-American jazz greats as well as lead the audience in a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

Formed in 1995, the Kansas City-based quartet has recorded four albums of covers and original compositions and has performed at numerous festivals, concerts, and clubs throughout the Midwest.

Doug Talley has performed with local jazz luminaries, including Jay McShann, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, and Bobby Watson. James Albright has performed with many artists, including Bobby Watson and Eddie Harris, and currently performs with Triology and Boulevard Big Bands, New Kansas City Seven and Trinity Jazz Ensemble. Keith Kavanaugh is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has performed with Diane Schuur, Phil Wilson, Joshua Breakstone and Scott Robinson.

Guest artist Rod Fleeman has been a professional guitarist for over 30 years, including with the jazz fusion group Dry Jack. Since returning to Kansas City in 1981, he has toured and recorded with such artists as Marilyn Maye, Karrin Allyson, Jay McShann, Claude Williams and Interstring.

Guest artist Charles Williams has accompanied many legendary artists, such as Sonny Kenner, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Queen Bey, Angela Hagenbach, Sharon Thompson, the McFadden Brothers, Bobby Watson, Dr. Wayne Goins (Jazz Director at KSU), Richard Ross, and many more.


  • 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main Street, as part of Westport Center for the Arts’ Brown Bag Concert series.
  • Concert admission is free, but donations are welcome. A complimentary reception hosted by Californos and Westport Coffee House, will be held immediately after the concert.

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