The Live at the Hollywood Theater Concert Series, a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Parks and Recreation Department, will present Kansas City alto-saxophonist Bobby Watson Saturday.
Three Event Highlights: 1. The Hollywood Theater is the home of the jazz concert series for a reason — Tennant said the art deco environs and limited capacity make for a unique, intimate concert experience. 2. Tennant said those who purchase tickets to the concert are also welcome to attend the preshow artist reception that begins at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at J.W. Crancer’s, 530 Delaware St. in Leavenworth. 3. The proceeds from the concert will be used to provide scholarships for the Leavneworth Parks and Recreation Department’s programs and activities. Why you should attend: Tennant said alto saxophonist Bobby Watson, a Kansas native, is without a doubt the largest-profile musician to take the stage at the Jazz at the Hollywood Concert Series. A little help from Chris Burnett, formerly of Leavenworth’s Tune Shop but now working in promotions for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo., was instrumental in contacting Watson. Watson has appeared on more than 80 recordings to date, including 26 albums of his own. His jazz career stretches back to 1975 when he joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers , also known as the “University of Blakey” because of the rigor of the experience, after college. He’s since played with drummer Max Roach as well as contemporary jazz stars Wynton and Branford Marsalis. “It’s a great environment and a chance to see a great show,” Tennant said. About the event: When: Reception begins at 6:15 p.m., concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday Where: Reception at J.W. Crancer’s, 530 Delaware St., concert at the Hollywood Theater in Leavenworth, 500 Delaware St. Tickets: $25, available at www.leavenworthconcertseries.org or at the Parks and Recreation Department offices in the Riverfront Community Center, Bisque-It or Asher’s Boutique in downtown Leavenworth. Info: www.leavenworthconcertseries.org or by calling 913-651-2203.