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Krystle Warren with Hermon Mehari - A Benefit for JazzLP

  • 1900 Building 1900 Shawnee Mission Parkway Mission Woods, KS, 66205 United States (map)

Doors open 6:00pm
Concert begins 7:00pm

RECORD TO REBUILD: A Benefit Concert and Vision Launch

On April 19th, join JazzLP as they transform a vacant and abandoned neighborhood on Kansas City's East Side into the creative hub it was destined to be. 

Kansas City natives Krystle Warren and Hermon Mehari (jazz vocalist and trumpeter, respectively) open the night performing new music specifically recorded locally to rebuild the neighborhood and rebirth Kansas City jazz to the World, under the Kansas City JazzLP.

Post concert, plug into this exciting venture as we celebrate important milestones of the last year, unleash the vision for the future of Kansas City jazz and this neighborhood, and present next steps.

If you have a heart for community building, community development, the East Side, Kansas City as a whole, jazz, recording, or creative expression, this event is for you.

All proceeds from tickets and donations benefit the Kansas City JazzLP and Record to Rebuild.


"Creators" Ticket Level - $25 -  Light hors d'oeuvres, concert, post-concert Vision Launch.

"Collaborators" Ticket Level - $100 - Light hors d'oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, concert, post-concert Vision Launch, and signed copies of Mehari's and Warren's albums.

"Improvisors" Ticket Level - $200 - Light hors d'oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, concert, post-concert Vision Launch, signed copies of Mehari's and Warren's albums, and meet & greet with artists directly after the show.

"Masters" Ticket Level - $500 - Light hors d' oeuvres, 2 drink tickets, concert, post-concert lVision Launch, signed copies of Mehari's and Warren's albums, meet & greet with artists directly after the show, and exclusive ticket to be a part of an intimate, small audience, in-studio live recording with our next Record to Rebuild Resident Artist.

"Believers" Ticket Level - $15 - Post-concert Vision Launch only (does not include admission to concert).


Doors open
Drinks and light hors d'oeuvres (Prepared By Chef Justin Clark of Urban Cafe)

Hermon Mehari, featuring Peter Schlamb
Jazz LP discusses "A New Era of KC Jazz"

*** Intermission ***

Krystle Warren, featuring
Brad Cox, Jeff Harshbarger, Brad Williams, Mike Stover, Calvin Arsenia, Mark Southerland, Matt Hopper, Nick Howell, Eddie Moore

Meet the Artists Private Event (Admission with "Improvisers" or "Masters" Level Ticket)
Post-Concert Vision Launch



Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, now residing in France, Krystle Warren has been coveted by those who have seen her live and held dearly by audiophiles who respect her creative process for obsession to analog and personal artistry. Warren has toured with the likes of Green Gartside, Robyn Hitchcock, Joan As Police Woman, and Rufus Wainwright. She's also headlined through Australia, the UK and EU. Top all that with an invitation to perform in the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival in 2013, where she sang "Miss Celie's Blues" from the film, "The Color Purple".
Her debut album, "Circles" was released to critical acclaim in 2009. She performed the album's title track on the BBC's, "Later... With Jools Holland". What followed in 2011 was the ambitious double album, "Love Songs". Recorded over the span of thirteen days, featuring twenty-seven musicians performing live, "Love Songs" was heralded by The Guardian as, "surely one of the best albums of the year."
This year, she releases her third album, "Three the Hard Way". Working with producer-engineer, Ben Kane, (D'Angelo, "Black Messiah), this time, Krystle is featured on every instrument. "It's a celebration of Black Music - gospel, blues, work song," Warren muses. "I grew up Southern Baptist, with an incredible choir at church... I began learning the language again. It's always been a part of me."

Listen to Krystle


Hermon Mehari’s anticipated debut album as a leader, “Bleu”, marks a new era in his career. The music covers both the ground of his contemporaries and his own original music in such a way to illustrate his current musical path. “Bleu” includes ECM recording artist Aaron Parks on piano, Blue Note recording artist Logan Richardson on alto saxophone, Peter Schlamb on vibraphone, Ryan J. Lee on drums and Rick Rosato on bass. Mehari was the recent winner of the 2015 Carmine Caruso International Trumpet Competition and a semifinalist in the 2014 Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2014 he released the CD "Our Journey" with Diverse, his second with the group. Mehari maintains a touring schedule around the world with his own group and as a sideman. He was the headliner of the 2014 Jazz en Tête Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France and was featured on the world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson's 2013 release, "Check Cashing Day".

Mehari was also the winner of the 2008 National Trumpet Competition and placed 2nd in the International Trumpet Guild competition in Sydney, Australia. As a founding member of Diverse, whose eponymous debut album on Seattle-based Origin Records reached the Top 40 on the Jazzweek Radio Charts, he has performed professionally with noted saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, Logan Richardson, Bobby Watson, and Ben Van Gelder. He has also performed with Joe Sanders, Hubert Laws, Randy Brecker, Tony Tixier, Dave Pietro, Clay Jenkins and many other great musicians. The band Diverse notably shared a double bill with Roy Haynes' Birds of a Feather band as headliners of the 2008 Gene Harris Jazz Festival.

Hermon Mehari received his BM in Jazz Performance from the University of Missouri - Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance in 2010. In addition to performing, he dedicates himself to being a serious educator and has participated in clinics and panels around the world.