The People's Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City got its start two years ago. That's when an all-star group of local jazz composers decided to do their own radical take on Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker." The mix of folk, popular and avant garde styles turned out to be so much fun that the musicians decided to stick together.
Kansas City, MO – They now perform a regular gig every first Sunday at the Record Bar in Westport. With so many musical minds in one group, the People's Liberation Big Band might be mess. But as leader Brad Cox explained to KCUR's Alex Smith, it's the philosophy of a musical collective that makes it work.