J to the A to the Double Z – ENCORE

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Company Name: Jazzy K Productions

City/State: Local

Genre: Comedy, Music, Storyteller, Theatre

Ratings: PG - Parental Guidance Suggested

Playwright: Created and performed by Karen E Griffin

Premiere: Yes

Warnings: Call and Response

Venue: Westport Bowery

Show Times:

Saturday, October 7 @ 2pm
Saturday, October 14th @ 2pm


This one woman show created and performed by the dynamic storyteller, Karen E Griffin returns as an Encore Performance. Educational and historical reenactments will inspire the audience with discovering the life and struggle about Afro-American Jazz legends. Guests will gain knowledge about jazz through art and storytelling.

Let’s call and respond to some JAZZ.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jazzykgrif


Mary Schmidt

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  1. Dove on July 7, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    Where is the whim space? Please put a map or an address.

  2. Audrey Crabtree on July 12, 2023 at 10:36 am

    Hello there is a map to all of the venues here: http://kcfringe-org.us.stackstaging.com2023-kc-fringe-festival/
    also the address is: 415 Prospect, Kansas City, MO 64124

  3. Laura Packer on July 23, 2023 at 6:01 pm

    Excellent. Musical, thoughtful, moving. Who knew that jazz history could make you laugh, cheer and cry! This show is so powerful and I hope everyone sees it.

    • KE. Griffin on July 24, 2023 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you Coach Laura for sharing your knowledge, experience and expertise to assist me with setting the tone to engage and empower the audience.
      I am honored and humbled to place my feet in your footsteps.

      Be Well,
      J to the A to the Double Z, w/love

    • KE. Griffin on July 24, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Coach Laura this is the result with listen and learn from a Master Storyteller.
      Thank you for sharing your knowledge, experience, and expertise to keep the audience engaged and seating on the edge of there seats. I am honored and humbled to place my feet your footsteps. Big Thanks to you and Lady Mary for believing and supporting me.

      Be Well,
      J to the A to the Double Z, w/love

  4. Jessica Whitfield on July 23, 2023 at 11:19 pm

    K.E. Griffin is a talented storyteller who will make you laugh, she will make you cry, and you might even learn something along the way. She knocks it out of the park in this program, but I would expect nothing less. If you get the chance to see her perform, do it. You won’t be sorry.

    • KE. Griffin on July 24, 2023 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you Lady Jessica aka Alice Paul for attending. Gracing the stage with you and watching you perform inspired me to take a leap of FAITH to produce and director my first solo this year. Red Roses and Round of applause to you and your performances.

      Be Well,
      J to the A to the Double Z, w/love.

  5. Rebecca Smith on July 24, 2023 at 7:29 am

    A wonderful show. The artist is completely captivating and has put together this audience-pleasing show most cleverly. She’s a joy to watch.

    • John "Br. John" Anderson on July 25, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Karen, you indeed preached up and took folk back to the “Woodshed”. This is indeed, a Jazz 101 history class. Very engaging, edu-tainment, energetic as well stressing the point of, never pre-judging folks. Instead of raising people up. You never know that one individual you putting down could be that next (Jazz) prodigy, genius.
      Much Love to ya Karen!

      • Karen on July 29, 2023 at 11:28 pm

        Thank you Bro John,
        I accept and receive your feedback. I have had the honor of watching you perform for years. Thank you for laying down a foundation to assist me with building a legacy on .

        I appreciate you and your gift to create and reproduce engaging and empowering stories.

  6. KE. Griffin on July 24, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you Lady Rebecca for attending and your feedback. It brings me joy to know my research and performance is pleasing and a joy to watch.
    I have learned from the best of the best storytellers in Kansas City. Thanks to Mid – Continent Pubic Library for creating a platform for storytellers to obtain a Certification as a National Storyteller.

    Be Well,
    J to the A to the Double Z, w/love

  7. Dean Hatton on July 27, 2023 at 12:11 pm

    Karen is an engaging storyteller who knows the history Jazz.
    She brings each Jazz master to life through great storytelling and members of the audience.
    I cheered and cried.

    • Karen on July 29, 2023 at 11:32 pm

      Thank you Dean for attending and the opportunity to share the journey about four Afro American Jazz legends. It brings me joy to know you enjoy the educational and musical conversation.

      I’ll see you in Twenty24

  8. Gary and Linda Kuntz on July 27, 2023 at 9:21 pm

    I first met Karen at the Kansas City Jazz Museum bringing jazz greats to life and was excited to attend her KC Fringe program. Her show J to the A to the Double ZZ brings her knowledge of these jazz musicians and their back stories to life while involving the audience. I gained an appreciation of these musicians and love the steps she has taken to interview jazz great family members. Her stories, costumes and sets help the audience picture these wonderful people.

    • Karen on July 29, 2023 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you Sir Gary and Linda, I love it when I can see your smiles and be in your presents. Thank you for your feedback and attending J to the A to the Double Z. I researched far and low to make sure I provided historical information to inspire people to exploring and discovering the history of JAZZ.
      Enjoy the rest of your summer time and good stories

      Keep in touch

  9. Paris Crayton III on July 28, 2023 at 8:38 pm

    I absolutely loved this show! Jazzy K is a marvelous storyteller and performing. I laughed and I learned which are staples of great Theatre. She only had a minute to promote her show in some spaces but I’m so glad I got to spend an hour in her presence. She’s the truth!

    • Mary L Schmist on July 29, 2023 at 11:03 am

      And Thank You Paris – I am so glad YOU are sharing your inspiring show with us! Peace & Love & Keep Sharing Your Gift! The Fringe Lady

      • Jazzy. K on July 30, 2023 at 12:05 am

        Dear Mary,
        Please take note you’re the best,: Volunteer, Queen of Vintage Attire, and KC FR1NGE Lady in the world. Thank you for your service , support, words of encouragement and for always cheering and wiping my tears after every performance.
        I appreciate and cherish our sisterhood.

        We completed another KC FR!NGE storytelling assignment in a timely manner.

    • Jazzy K on July 29, 2023 at 11:46 pm

      Thank you Paris for attending and sharing the stage as Sir Edward Kennedy Ellington aka The Duke. Thanks for your feedback and support. It brings me joy when I can share historical information about Jazz Legends and there struggle as Afro-American Musicians in america.

      Keep in touch

  10. Jeffrey Smith on July 29, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Ladies and Gentlemen, please take note – Karen E. Griffin delivers one of the most satisfying performances I’ve witnessed. Using audience members on stage and throughout the performance to personify four of the greatest Jazz legends of the 20th century, it’s quite hard to determine where scripted theater ends, improve begins and where we will journey next. Unique, hilarious, educational and deeply moving- when CP’s mama wails, you will feel it to your bones. With talent and stage presence overflowing MS. Griffin’s production should take her far, but I hope she will always find her way back home to Kansas City. thank You!

  11. KE. Griffin on August 2, 2023 at 6:26 pm

    Dear Mr. Smith,
    Thank you for attending and witnessing J to the A to the Double Z in honor of four Afro-American Jazz Legends. I enjoy empowering and educating KC Fringes participants with connecting and exploring my summary of work as a Textile and Performing Artist. I appreciate and accept your comment with the intent to increase my journey as a artist.
    I love Kansas City, it will always be home and forever part of my heARTbeat.

    Thank you, Mr. Smith for supporting a local artist.

    Be Well,
    Jazzy K

  12. Dennis H on October 15, 2023 at 10:50 am

    I had the wonderful opportunity to see this amazing production yesterday (Oct 14). This would be my 2nd time. There’s so much information that I wanted to come back. If you get the opportunity see one of her shows. DO IT!!

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