KCUR's Band Of The Week: The Project H

Sep 7, 2017

Trombonist Ryan Heinlein leads The Project H.
Credit Courtesy Ryan Heinlein

Individual jazz musicians regularly hit multiple spots in a single night, but it’s far less common for an entire band to play three venues in a 12-hour span. But that's what The Project H, led by trombonist Ryan Heinlein, is doing in different parts of town on Saturday.

The Project H, which has plans to record its fourth album in October, plays a blend of jazz, funk, rock and R&B. A good example of this sound is “A Bear’s Cage,” from the 2014 album "We Live Among the Lines." Among the prominent Kansas City jazz musicians on Heinlein's upbeat composition are trumpeter Clint Ashlock, guitarist Jeff Stocks, keyboardist Andrew Ouellette and bassist Dominique Sanders:

The Project H's gigs on Saturday, September 9:

  • 10:45 a.m. at Library in the Park, Big 11 Park, 10th Street and State Avenue in Kansas City, Kansas; Mafia Norteña and the Phantastics are also performing.
  • 4 p.m. at the Prairie Village Jazz Festival, Harmon Park, 77th Street and Mission Road; Oleta Adams headlines.
  • 9 p.m. at the Crossroads Music Fest, which features dozens of bands on more than ten stages; The Project H performs at the Black Dolphin, 1813 Grand Boulevard.

KCUR contributor Bill Brownlee blogs about Kansas City's jazz scene at Plastic Sax.