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John Scofield headlines opening night of Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival / The Pitch

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On the Friday night of Memorial Day weekend, in the middle of the Paseo, at 16th Street, guitarist John Scofield headlined the opening night of the inaugural Kansas City Jazz and Heritage Festival. Staged by the American Jazz Museum, Scofield spun solos around and through country standards and classic pop, reimagining them as jazz. Scofield is a jazz icon. He toured with Miles Davis. He won two Grammy awards this year, for Best Jazz Instrumental Album (Country for Old Men) and Best Improvised Jazz Solo. Just before the last song of his set, Scofield looked out over the audience and mused, "Back east we know about you, Kansas City, because this is a jazz city if there ever was one."

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