Join us for the 2013 IAJRC Convention
in Kansas City, MO
September 5th, 6th, & 7th
Marriott Country Club Plaza Hotel
4445 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
The newly-renovated 295-room Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel in Kansas City has been chosen as the 2013 IAJRC Convention venue. The hotel’s rooms have high-speed internet access/wi-fi (free for convention attendees), coffee/tea makers and all the usual facilities that you’d expect. There is a bar, two restaurants and a coffee shop, as well as a business center, fitness center and a swimming pool. All convention attendees staying at the hotel will get 50% off the hotel’s breakfast buffet (saving $8) and a free drink in the lobby lounge each day. There is also a free hotel shuttle that will take you to Country Club Plaza and pick you up again after your visit.
The Country Club Plaza is KC’s premier retail, dining and entertainment area, located within old-world Spanish-style architecture. More Information on the Plaza and Kansas City can be found at www.visitkc.com.
Think of Bennie Moten, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams,; Lester Young, Jay McShann and Charlie Parker and you think of Kansas City. During the 1920’s and ’30’s Kansas City was one of the major jazz cities in the world. The area around 18th and Vine was filled to the brim with clubs and speakeasies that featured the best jazz musicians around. Today, Kansas City still revels in it’s past musical heritage, and is the home of the American Jazz Museum (www.americanjazzmuseum.com) and the Marr Sound Archives (www.library.umkc.edu/marr) which is located less than a mile from the hotel and easily reached using the hotel shuttle or a taxi. The Archives are home to thousands of jazz and blues sound recordings, vintage radio programs, sheet music; original arrangements and recordings in a wide range of historic formats including LPs, 78s, 45s, cylinders, transcription discs, open-reel tapes, vintage phonographs and much more!
Via Air: The hotel is 26 miles south of Kansas City airport. The airport Super Shuttle which drops you off and picks you up at your hotel, takes around 40 minutes and costs just $19. A taxi costs in the region of $60, so if you are traveling alone the shuttle is your best bet.
Via Rail: For those who prefer to take the train, the Marriott CCP is only a short taxi ride from KC’s Union Station. Kansas City is easily accessible by rail from most major US cities.
Via Automobile: Kansas City is easily accessible by road from most parts of the US. On-site parking at the hotel is a reasonable $15 per day, with valet parking at $19 per day.
Those of you who have attended any of the recent Chicago, Manchester or New Orleans conventions, will know what to expect in Kansas City. If this is your first convention, then you’ll find
◊ A “Welcome Pack” upon arrival that’s full of jazz goodies (plus whatever else Marc adds)
◊ 3 days of Member’s Presentations and Guest Speakers
◊ Record Vendors
◊ Listening Room
◊ Hospitality Suite
◊ Classic Jazz Film Presentation
◊ Friday Night Live Jazz
◊ Friday Afternoon Trip to the American Jazz Museum and the Marr Sound Archives (tentative)
◊ Saturday General Membership Meeting
◊ Saturday Night Banquet, Live Jazz and Awards
◊ Raffle (Yes, Marc will be running it again and yes, there will be lots of valuable jazz prizes)
Convention Registration: $135 (refundable before August 31)
Early Bird Registration: $120 (non-refundable – for payments received before May 31)
Banquet Only: $55 (for guests)
Convention Registration: $80 (Banquet not included)
Non-Members – If you are not a member and wish to attend the convention, you can join the IAJRC until the end of 2013 and register for the convention at the special price of $150 (or even better just $135 if before May 31)!
Register by mail by sending a US $ check (made payable to the IAJRC) to:
c/o IAJRC 2013 Convention
P.O. Box 524
Brookfield, IL 60513-0524
Register online via PayPal at www.PayPal.com, using the email address conventions @ iajrc.org
All events will be held at the Marriott Country Club Plaza hotel, Kansas City, MO. A special IAJRC room rate of $109 will apply for any of the 9 nights between Monday, September 2 and Tuesday, September 10, as long as the rooms are booked by AUGUST 12, 2013. Please make sure to use the group code iajiaja to get your special hotel rate.
Telephone bookings can be made at (001) 800-810-3708
Online bookings can be made at www.tinyurl.com/iajrc-kc – just complete the room reservation form on the left side of the page and enter the group code iajiaja.
Dealer tables are just $20 per day or $50 for all 3 days. Please contact Lee Goode at 708-250-6426 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book your tables or for more information.
If you have any problems with hotel reservations or you require further information about the 2013 Convention, please contactPerry Huntoon at (001) 630-357-5374 (email@example.com) or Ian Tiele at (001) 708-268-7873 (firstname.lastname@example.org)