September 17, 2022

Jazz in the Valley, a free music festival on the Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley campus, will be held 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The public is invited.

Penn Valley’s second annual festival will feature:

Minus2

National jazz, funk and gospel act Minus2, Maryland-based brothers Daryl and Eric Minus and their band

Jim Lower

The Jim Lower Big Band. Lower is a KC-based jazz drummer who attended MCC-Penn Valley and played in a big band on campus. He’ll be bringing his jazz orchestra to the festival.

Eddie Moore

Pianist Eddie Moore will play as part of a quartet. Moore also teaches jazz piano at MCC-Penn Valley as an adjunct instructor.

Bonus: Come a little early for a pop-up performance at 5 p.m. by the Kansas City Jazz Academy, an American Jazz Museum program for middle and high school students.

“We’re excited about this lineup and looking forward to having community members on campus to enjoy a wonderful night of jazz music,” says Tyjaun A. Lee, Ph.D., president of MCC-Penn Valley.

Jazz in the Valley will take place outdoors in the courtyard between the Penn Valley campus’ Education Center and Campus Center, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, Kansas City.

Free parking will be available in the MCC garage on Pennsylvania Avenue between 32nd and 33rd streets. In the event of rain, the festival will move inside the Campus Center.

The Twisted Taters food truck, selling “gourmet loaded fryz” as well as soda and bottled water, will be on hand. Attendees are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, water bottles or coolers. Alcohol, pets, firearms, tobacco and drugs are not allowed on campus.

Funds raised at this annual event will support the creation of a music engineering program at MCC-Penn Valley.

Visit mcckc.edu/jazzfest for more information.

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