Calloway’s music proved so popular that El Torreon’s rival, the Pla-Mor Ballroom, brought in Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy from Oklahoma to compete.
Last Saturday night, eighty four years after Cab Calloway swung El Torreon, and a block east and a block and a half north of the still-standing building:
|The Allie Burik Quintet|
|Clint Ashlock. Behind him, Karl McComas-Reichl|
|New Jazz Order Big Band|
Clint also conducts The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Lead trombonist Jeff Hamer sits in both bands. Add Todd Wilkinson, Mike Herrera, the rhythm section and saxophonists who played earlier, just to name a few. New Jazz Order Big Band is a showcase of outstanding musicians.
|Megan Birdsall, singing, with Clint Ashlock, trumpet, Andrew Oullette, keyboards, Karl McComas-Reichl, bass, and Matt Leifer, drums (and a big M).|
|New Jazz Order Big Band at the M Productions outdoor performance space.|