Jessie Riggins

Jessie Riggins

Classical and Jazz Contributor

Jessica E. Riggins, originally from Columbia, Missouri, is a very active voice in the local music scene. She is the Board President of Mid America Freedom Band and a member of the Mighty Mo Jazz Combo. She holds degrees from the University of Central Missouri (B.M., M.M.) where she studied Music History and Literature. Jazz has always been a passion for Jessica, and she was the only female member of UCM’s top jazz band during her time there. In her free time, Jessica enjoys studying the lives, music, and accomplishments of Kansas City’s own jazz masters.

Enticing and engaging

An intimate evening of music with Canadian jazz singer/pianist Diana Krall inside the Muriel Kauffman Theatre delighted audience members with favorites old and new.

Life, love and immigrants

Alan Cumming’s latest cabaret show “Legal Immigrant,” presented by the Kauffman Center, is a powerful and moving night of storytelling, laughter, tears, celebration, protest, and, despite current political views...

A collection of stars

The Fountain City Brass Band, one of Kansas City’s brightest musical ambassadors, brought their award-winning 2017–18 season to an end Saturday Night with “Across the Stars” at the...

Ending on a high note

SFJazz Collective brought their tour to an end at the Folly Theater last Friday night, and said goodbye to two players from this all-star group.

Spectacular spectacle

In what’s sure to be the smash hit of the season, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City opened their stunning 11th production of Rossini’s "The Barber of Seville" last...

Brazilian jazz in Lawrence

Dan Gailey and the KU Jazz Ensemble I welcomed Israel-born clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, known for her Brazilian jazz flavors, to the Lied Center Thursday for a fun night of...

April sessions

Our newest column, City Sessions, will take a look around the metro at upcoming shows in the jazz, folk, world and pop genres. World-renowned artists such as The Anat...

New and old

The Winterlude Series from Johnson County Community College ended with an intimate performance from the Matt Otto Quintet, showcasing original music from those on stage alongside old favorites.

Folk dynasty

Iconic Arlo Guthrie, along with his children Sarah Lee Guthrie and Abe Guthrie, presented a night of 80 years of Guthrie family hits to a packed Yardley Hall Saturday...

Glory days of Kansas City

The Folly Jazz Series took us back to 1920s Kansas City with a night of swinging hits from The Hot Sardines.

A night full of laughs

Starlight Indoors has a rolickin’ treat for audiences this week as the improv musical comedy “Broadway’s Next H!t Musical” takes the Cohen Community Stage.

Swinging with the Symphony

The Kansas City Symphony, under the direction of Associate Conductor Jason Seber, brought an exciting night of Kansas City jazz to the Helzberg Hall stage, featuring some of Kansas...

A must-see “Bee”

Co-directors Zach Faust and Steven Eubank bring a night of laughter and perfectly-timed pandemonium to The White Theatre stage in this exciting production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County...

KC’s First Lady of Song

Vocalist Deborah Brown held an intimate homecoming with Kansas City musicians as part of the Carlsen Center Presents Winterlude Series Sunday night.

Switchin’ styles

Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts and his Trio, who helped shape the modern jazz trio, brought an enchanting performance to the C. Stephen Metzler Hall in the first Folly Jazz...

Spine-tingling spirituals

The American Spiritual Ensemble, led by founder Dr. Everett McCorvey, stunned Harriman-Jewell audiences with its beautiful performance at the Folly Theater Saturday night.

PREVIEW: Spring 2018 Jazz, Pop and World Music

Warm temperatures will soon return, and with it a wealth of Kansas City jazz legends, exciting guests, memorable songs of yesteryear, and great music from around the world that...

Candlelight, carols, & cathedral

Presenting its annual “Candlelight, Carols, & Cathedral” concert for the 20th time, the William Baker Festival Singers continue to add delight to Kansas City’s holiday scene.

A Christmas jazz tradition

Continuing what has become one of Kansas City’s best holiday traditions, Clint Ashlock and The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra delighted audience members young and old with this year’s “A...
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