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Historic late-night Kansas City jazz venue step closer to liquor license

Historic late-night Kansas City jazz venue step closer to liquor license

The Mutual Musicians Foundation, a historic late-night jazz venue linked to Count Basie and Charlie Parker, has gotten a step closer to acquiring a liquor license it hopes will help bring back its audience.
The Neighborhood Development and Housing Committee passed a resolution Wednesday to allow the foundation to sell liquor within close proximity to a church.
The Mutual Musicians Foundation began losing audiences when city liquor inspectors put an end to alcohol being served at the club. A local ordinance prohibits the sale of alcohol in the vicinity of a church.
The foundation held jam sessions with alcohol from 1 a.m. until dawn before officials found that it lacked a liquor license. The foundation still needs neighborhood approval to receive the license.
A decade ago, the city spent $24 million (euro18.3 million) to revitalize the historic 18th and Vine district where the venue has its home, adding a Negro Leagues baseball museum and the adjacent American Jazz Museum.
These days, the famed jazz district is home to just one other jazz club and few businesses. For many, the Mutual Musicians Foundation is the only remaining link to the era of the jazz giants who called Kansas City home.
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