Arts/Entertainment

Rejoice with Your Jazz Hands, Kansas City

Broadway Jazz Club wants to have a hand in directing Kansas City’s musical future while remaining respectful of the past.

Jazz lovers rejoice: There’s a new destination in town that celebrates Kansas City’s famous musical heritage. Broadway Jazz Club opened in early December in a space that was a speakeasy during the peak of our town’s jazz age. Owners Neil Pollock and Steve Wachsberg, along with General Manager Pat Hanrahan (who ran the popular jazz spot Jardine’s for several years) have built a solid line-up of local talent, including Megan Birdsall, Mark Lowrey (shown below on left), and a variety of trios to six-piece bands.

Chef Richard Martin has created a menu that reflects his southern roots, including Cajun Shrimp Pasta, Pecan Crusted Tilapia and pecan pie along with steaks and the Broadway Jazz Burger. Pollock devised 10 delicious signature cocktails including The Billie Holiday, made with Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, gin, Champagne, muddled strawberries and lime. The deep-red walls make a dramatic backdrop for the works of local artists; bold paintings by Nicholas K. Clark made an impact during the opening.

On the corner of Broadway and 36th Street, Broadway Jazz Club offers live music Tuesdays through Saturdays. Parking, behind the building and across the street, is as plentiful as the tunes performed on stage.

Story by Katie Van Luchene  |  Photos by Landon Vonderschmidt