Getting front-row seats to a concert often requires fans to overpay scalpers or name their firstborn child 93.1 FM. See a show on your terms with today's GrouponLive deal for tickets to see "A Tribute to Gerry Mulligan," performed by the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra at Unity Temple on the Plaza on Friday, October 14, at 8 p.m. All seats will be general admission in the balcony, listed as the sanctuary balcony on the seating chart. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get one ticket (up to a $25 value).
- For $22, you get two tickets (up to a $50 value).
In a city rich in jazz heritage, the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra culls some of the finest saxophonists, trumpeters, trombonists, and rhythm players from the local scene to revivify music from jazz's booming big-band era. During the "Tribute to Gerry Mulligan" concert, the orchestra revisits the legendary baritone saxophonist's repertoire, backed up by the musician's longtime rhythm section of bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent. Along with Miles Davis, Mulligan helped fuel the cool-jazz movement, inspiring other players to tone down their tempos, lighten the tones, and wear sunglasses at night. Although his songs marked a sophisticated revolution for the genre, they also contained gritty, soulful elements mimetic of Mulligan's edgy personal life, including a drug arrest that the Guardian named the 20th key event in the history of jazz music, coming in right behind the day Charlie Parker blew a newborn dove out of his saxophone.
Housed in the acoustically sound, 1,400-seat concert hall at Unity Temple on the Plaza, the "Tribute to Gerry Mulligan" concert will celebrate the delicate side of the big-band sound. With a stageful of top-notch musicians and a song list of throwback jazz classics, the evening makes for a date night more innovative than dinner and a stenography lesson.
Though Kansas City Jazz Orchestra offers students balcony seats for $5, this Groupon offers the best deal for most.