This just in…
Kansas City’s premier jazz club Jardine’s has been closed since Tuesday’s Karrin Allyson concert there "for repairs." That’s what the sign says, anyway. But local musicians and Jardine’s staffers don’t seem to know exactly what’s going on.
"I regret to announce that my band WILL NOT be performing tonight at Jardine’s Jazz Club," musician Dave Stephens wrote on his Facebook page at 6:07 p.m. Thursday. "The owner of the club fired her entire staff yesterday and subsequently there would be no one there to work the show. My apologies to those of you who were planning on attending. I just found out about this a few minutes ago."
Musician Mark Lowrey took a kinder, gentler approach to hinting to fans why his Friday gig at Jardine’s didn’t go down.
"Tonight say a prayer for all the people in the live music service industry businesses in Kansas City," Lowery wrote on Facebook. "No negative comments please."
And at around 4:30 p.m. today, attorney / jazz musician Mike White emailed his followers the following:
"I’m sorry to have to report that Jardine’s is closed, so we WILL NOT be performing there tomorrow afternoon. ==============================================
Friends of Mike White Quartet"
Jardine’s owner Beena Raja could not be reached for this column, but texted the following:
"Like the sign reads, closed for repairs."
The flip side of that equation:
"It just sucks and people are pissed off," says one Jardine’s staffer. "It looks like madness."