JAZZ BEAT: Hermon Mehari Trio play the Majestic Tuesday and Wednesday
Trumpeter Hermon Mehari landed here a decade ago, when he joined the jazz-studies program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. He captured the city’s attention with Diverse, an award-winning ensemble that released its first CD to an SRO crowd at the Blue Room in 2009.
Since then, Mehari has been a staple of KC’s jazz scene, both with other UMKC grads and with stellar musicians he has had a hand in recruiting here. Tuesday nights at the Majestic, Mehari performs with young stalwarts Ben Leifer on bass and Brian Steever on drums.
On Wednesdays, he’s there with transplants Karl McComas-Reichl on bass and John Kizilarmut on drums. Often, Peter Schlamb or Matt Villinger (also imported to KC) sit in on piano and Andy McGhee (young local) joins on sax. They mostly play standards in the downstairs jazz club that once housed a speakeasy.
Hermon Mehari Trio
6 and 10 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays
at the Majestic, 931 Broadway, free.