Steve Cardenas moved to New York a couple decades back. There, he’s built a sterling reputation and performs with the jazz elite. But last week he returned to his hometown for shows at Take Five and The Blue Room. He played some Monk and an Ornette Coleman composition, but mostly he showcased his own music, contemporary jazz that pulls and engages. Listen and, more than once, you could still hear those Midwest roots.
Accompanying Cardenas to KC was acclaimed New York bassist and composer Ben Allison, They were joined by KC drummer Brian Steever. At The Blue Room, Matt Otto and Stan Kessler each joined a couple numbers.
Below are photos of how Friday at The Blue Room looked. As always, clicking on a shot should open an larger version of it.
Steve Cardenas on guitar
Ben Allison on bass
Brian Steever on drums
The Steve Cardenas Trio at The Blue Room
Cardenas, Allison and Matt Otto
The trio plus Stan Kessler on trumpet
The trio plus Matt Otto on tenor sax
Ben Allison plays
Steve Cardenas in The Blue Room