Misha Roberts with Kathleen Holeman feat. Charles Williams

Date: 03/06/2020 Time: 8:30 PM-11:45 PM
Location: The Blue Room
1600 E 18th Street Kansas City MO 64108
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Misha Roberts

Misha Roberts is Kansas City’s own diamond in the spotlight. A native Texan with a background deeply rooted in gospel, jazz and blues, Misha listened intently to the sounds of Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to form her own unique soulful sound.

As a child, a house full of musicians made it easy to share harmony and hone her craft to mastery. Opening for Bobby Blu Bland singing Muddy Water Blues at the age of eleven started Misha’s yearning for the big stage. In 2013 Misha made the decision to live her musical dream and share her powerful gift as a full time musician. Her voice and its immense power has touched every ear since.

Singing for several bands around the Kansas City area as lead female vocalist, sparked a love for Show Band music. Misha also took mentorship with Kansas City’s Everette Devan and in the summer of 2014. Blues and jazz at the Green Lady Lounge Downtown Kansas City became home away from home.  In June of 2015 Misha joined Funk Syndicate and it is definitely a highlight of her career.

Misha has shared her talent and brought excitement to venues all around the Kansas City area to include 18th and Vine’s Blue Room, Danny’s, and The Juke House. Knucklehead’s and The Phoenix are Blues venues Misha regularly visits. Kansas City’s Midland and Starlight Theater are also venues where she has graced the stage.

Kathleen Holeman

Kathleen Holeman has been a working jazz vocalist, pianist and trombonist in the greater Kansas City area and the Ozarks for over 30 years, performing with many great artists such as Gary Foster, Louie Bellson, Kim Park, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. She has also performed in Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Indiana and Georgia for festivals, series and private events. She has directed the Ray Alburn Big Band, co-directs the St. Joseph Big Band, and leads smaller combos in clubs, restaurants and private venues. She has been in and directed vocal jazz ensembles and been part of a brass quintet. She has been a judge at several jazz competitions, including the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championship, MWSU, NWMSU and 18th & Vine jazz festivals.

 Kathleen is Director of Vocal Jazz and Jazz Piano at Missouri Western State University. She holds a Bachelor of Instrumental Music Education with a vocal certification degree from Missouri Western State College and a Master of Music degree from University of Missouri–Kansas City.

 Kathleen has enjoyed working in many genres of music over the years, including country, gospel, salsa and rock, and was employed as a director of church music for over 25 years. She has also enjoyed acting roles and was a music director in theater productions.

 Kathleen loves to bring all of this experience and knowledge to her students, helping to create well-rounded musicians and educators at Missouri Western State University. She also enjoys teaching students in her own home studio and being a clinician in area schools.

Charles Williams

Charles D. Williams is a Kansas City musician, pianist, trombonist, band leader, private piano instructor, producer, writer, and clinician/educator. Charles is current pianist for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and has been since its beginning. As a performer, Charles plays at many local venues with his own trio, accompanying many local vocalist, and pianist for The Louis Neal Jazz Orchestra. Mr. Williams is very dedicated to supporting the American Jazz Museum & Blue Room.

Artist Mr. Williams has backed include, Ernie Andrews, Houston Person, Harold Jones, Clark Terry, Randy Brecker, Bobby Watson, Deborah Brown, Ann Hampton Callaway, New York Voices, Wycliffe Gordon, The Four Freshmen, Cannonball & Nat Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach & many more. Charles has an Associate in Arts Degree (Penn Valley CC, and also studied at the UMKC Conservatory.


Event Type(s): Performance
Producer: American Jazz Museum
Contact: Luke Harbur Phone:
Email: lharbur@kcjazz.com
Website: americanjazzmuseum.org/blueroom
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