At the start of the day, at the end of the day, or somewhere in the middle, you need a break. Take Five.

You make tough decisions all day long, one after another. Your life is complicated enough. Your coffee needn’t be. Let us handle it. It’s good – you can depend on it – in fact, it’s several kinds of good, and not just the coffee. The food is fresh, just the kind of fuel you need, and it’s served in a setting where you can recharge and reconnect. A carefully selected lineup of good beers, wines, and coffee cocktails can help you unwind and find that sweet spot in your day.

On weekend evenings, Take Five transforms itself into one of the finest venues anywhere for experiencing live jazz. Our backbone is Kansas City’s jazz musician community, and we bring in the best from elsewhere too.

In our new, more spacious space at Corbin Park, 6601 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223, we have sought to take the things that have made Take Five special and make them better. The feeling you get here, of taking a moment to breathe, is the same.

Do you have a friend you really want to talk to? Got a deal you want to close on the best possible terms? Bring them here. Or drop by when you just want some time alone to think, surf the Web, listen to some great music, warm your feet by the fire, and sip a cup of incredible coffee. Take Five.

Kind Words

Here’s a video from Dave Rizer, ace videographer, jazz singer and bon vivant, keeper of the KC Jazz Lovers page. It’s bassist Dominique Sanders with his trio of Andrew Ouellette on piano and Ryan Lee on drums, caught in the act at Take Five, Friday night, December 12, 2014.


“Tonight I experienced some really incredible music. Totally world class from any angle. I’d go as far as to say a perfect storm for brilliant jazz music. First you’ve got Take Five’s astonishing new stage, piano, and overall sound….Plus Andrew Ouellette having a musical love affair with that 88 key beauty…..Dominique Sanders pulling some cosmic (yes I said cosmic) lines out of that bass he commands and Ryan Lee just doing what Ryan Lee does best..makin all the rest of us think “this guy can’t be human”.

We’ve been fortunate to get some attention from local jazz writers. Here’s the latest:

Plastic Sax

Now’s the Time: Elliott Levin

Jazz bohemian Elliott Levin will appear at Take Five Coffee + Bar on Saturday, November 22, and at the RecordBar on Sunday, November 23.  A press release from the Johnson County venue suggests that “this will be some of the wildest, most intense music we’ve ever had at Take Five.”


A Tale of Two Jazz Clubs Last Saturday Night

“The next time someone tritely proclaims “jazz is dead,” escort them to Take Five on a Friday or Saturday night. Then see if they can still honestly mouth those words.”


The People’s Liberation Big Band at the New Take Five

Let’s say you’re one of the community’s most beloved jazz spots, but you’ve outgrown your space. Let’s say you move to a new location more than double the size. Let’s say you pick a night as your official grand re-opening. So what group do you choose to baptize the new space?

Wait, before you answer, two more caveats. Let’s say you’re located in Johnson County. And let’s say putting a 26 foot long stage in a coffee shop establishes you as unconventional.

Now who do you pick? […]


The Pitch

Take Five Coffee + Bar takes a giant step 

When I arrive to meet Take Five Coffee + Bar co-owner Lori Chandler at her venue’s brand-new space at Corbin Park, plush red-leather chairs have just been delivered. They’re sumptuous things, deeper than they look — once you’ve burrowed into one, you’re reluctant to rise from it. Chandler is delighted by them. She pushes the chairs to the front of the platform stage, arranging and rearranging them like a kid trying out a toy. […]

Plastic Sax

Take Two of Take Five

By Happy In Bag

An inconspicuous sign in an inviting cranny of the new location of Take Five Coffee + Bar provides welcome news for Kansas City’s jazz scene.  The government-mandated plaque reads “maximum occupancy 189.” […]