Beloved Kansas City performer Nancy Van Fleet, age 89, passed away Jan. 1, 2011.
There will be a memorial jam session honoring Nancy Van Fleet Sunday, Jan. 16 at B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ, 1:30pm – 5pm. The event is hosted by Diane “Mama” Ray, Jay Eudaly, Allen Monroe, and Don Glaza.
The Van Fleet family will be in attendance, along with many of Kansas City’s outstanding performers. All friends and musicians are welcome.
Nancy is survived by two sons, Don Van Fleet III and David Van Fleet, three grandchildren, and four great grand children.
Nancy, born Dec. 4, 1921, began her professional singing career in 1957 when she appeared with The Don Gil Torres Orchestra (her father’s band). In the Mid-sixties, Nancy migrated into the Jazz and Big Band scene performing with such notables as the Larry Philips Band, Bob Simes Group, Don Warner and Don Accurso bands.
In the 1970’s, Nancy was on the country club circuit with husband Don Van Fleet Jr., regularly playing at the Brookside Manor with a group called the Fowler Four.
In 2002, Nancy released the CD “Gypsy in My Soul” which includes world-class musicians Paul Smith on piano, Gary Sivils, Bob Bowman, and drummer Don Van Fleet III (her son).
Cards and letters may be sent to David Van Fleet at 1312 16th Avenue South, Greenwood, Mo. 64034.