This discovery I owe to my father. A local musician himself, he heard The Sextet was performing with a friend of his and invited me to the show.
"It's at the Black Dolphin," he tells me, and quickly I recall that my midtown dwelling father is a lot more hip than I am - I have no idea where the Black Dolphin is. Lucky for me, Google Maps is also very hip. Black Dolphin is new and was formerly known as the Tank Room. While I was planning to give you an in-depth review of how dangerously cool this Gatsby-esque bar is, Feast Magazine recently did that for me so I will send you there and focus on the music.
The Sextet is confirmation that Kansas City is still the place to be for Jazz. Their music, the golden draped backdrop, and the vintage microphones made me want to change into a flapper dress & start ordering champagne by the bottle.
On their Soundcloud page, they have a small slogan written, "music to move to and be moved by" and I can't say anything more accurate than that. The Sextet takes a nostalgic genre and brings it to life. With only two years until we enter a new decade of "roaring twenties" I know what I will be listening to in preparation. And when the ball drops on Jan 1st, 2020, here's hoping I will be at The Black Dolphin seeing the Sextet live.