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Programmer Pearl McDonald and Pete Weber

Pearl McDonald and Pete Weber


Where Count Basie tickled the ivories at the Reno Club and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Where cats like Lester Young, Mary Lou Williams, Buster Smith and the Bird lit up a strip of clubs, juke joints and honky-tonks with their brand new sound.

12th STREET JUMP brings back that great era of Kansas City jazz on public radio’s weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam. Hosts Pearl McDonald and Pete Weber, musical director Joe Cartwright, vocalists David Basse and Nedra Dixon, bassist Tyrone Clark and drummer Mike Warren and some very special guests serve it up every Thursday night at 7pm, live! from the Kansas City Downtown!

Pete Weber is a professional actor who has lived and worked in the Kansas City area for as long as he is old. He got his start in KC doing improv with ComedySportz and then ComedyCity. During that time he performed and trained with people like Pearl MacDonald of 12th Street Jump and Jason Sudeikis of Saturday Night Live. His training continued as he attended Second City Improv workshops by Second City alumni Mick Nappier and T.J. Jagodowski. With a good base of Improv, he decided to take the learning curve back to school to develop as an actor. Pete graduated from Avila University with a degree in Acting and began working the Kansas City scene. He signed with Exposure Talent Agency in 2007 for commercial jobs and has been on camera for local and national ads and films. Pete then began teaching with the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in their Rep on the Road program, going to schools and youth centers all over the KC area. His true love is live performance and Pete has been lucky to work with almost all of the Kansas City theatres. Local show reviews have said, “Using magnificent comic timing and a deep sincerity, he mesmerized the audience with his performance” (Present Magazine), “his moving work, grounds the show” (The Pitch), “the glue in the production is provided by Weber…he makes it come to life” (Kansas City Star). It was after a performance of Murder By The Book at the American Heartland Theatre, when Mark Edelman approached Pete about doing 12th Street Jump. As Pete has always loved jazz, he jumped at the opportunity. Pun intended.

Pearl Rovaris MacDonald is an improvisational comedian who is known for her ability to improvise a song on any topic and in a variety of music genres on the instant as well as her musical parodies on popular tunes. Pearl is also a keynote speaker who deals with the issues of communication, diversity and creativity. She is a performer at ComedyCity in Kansas City and the founder of the group Pretty. Funny. ’5 women who will make you laugh’. Pearl is currently the co-host of 12th Street Jump, live jazz, blues and comedy jam on NPR affiliate, KCUR (89.3). 

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