I know what you’re thinking: Jazz in Leawood– you mean Kenny G playing "White Christmas" over the muzak at Chico’s in Town Center? Well, drop by West Chase Grill at 119th and Roe most any night this month. There’s music out there, man.
Chef/owner John Westerhaus has always put out a tasty spread. His lobster spring rolls are serious appetizer heaven; and he knows his way around scallops and sea bass. But it’s not a fish place by any means– steaks and chops reign supreme at West Chase, along with the tastiest (and most wallet friendly) Kobe Beef burger around (add the bleu cheese for a paltry three quarters of a buck– it’s worth it). Great wines– and at least 20 by the glass– and a mixologist who knows his stuff, and you’ve got one of JoCo’s happiest eateries.
And now you can add jazz to that receipe for some warm fun on a sub-zero night. Lonnie McFadden’s on stage every Wednesday in January. I caught KC’s favorite triple threat (vocals, trumpet and those nimble tap dancing feet) this week and the vibe was great. It’s not straight ahead jazz– in fact, it’s more like an R&B/pops set than what you’d expect from Lonnie at the Blue Room or the Phoenix. But the place sounds good and the crowd was definitely into it, despite the 12 degrees outside. Oh, and you can dance there, too.
Up and coming, West Chase plays host this month to some of KC’s best names in jazz. Joe Cartwright leads a duo Sunday nights, while keyboard ace Greg Meise joins the proceedings on other evenings. Sax star Kerry Strayer is on the schedule, too; check listings at 913-663-5400. While you’re on the phone, make a reservation.
Oh, and pretend it isn’t Leawood.