[CONTRIBUTIONS TO THIS PROGRAM ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE]

KC Area Youth Jazz is a program of Burnett Music Foundation, a Tax Exempt Organization under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501 (c) (3). Donors can deduct contributions they make to us under IRC Section 170. We’re also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under Section 2055, 2106, or 2522. Effective Date of Exemption: February 06, 2020.


PROJECT UPDATES

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In consideration of the COVID-19 quarantine effecting all of KC, Youth Jazz 2020 season auditions scheduled for March will be rescheduled to a later time. Thanks 🎵 It's up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. Stay up-to-date with public health guidelines from cdc.gov.


 

SINGLE OUT NOW!

<b>HISTORIC:</b> The debut KC Area Youth Jazz Single "LIGHT / DARK" is commercially released world wide.

 

Coleman Gliddon, piano
Brendan Sullivan, trombone
Spencer Addis, tenor saxophone

2019 Youth Jazz Fellows

Carter Beucher, alto saxophone
Atzin Garcia, alto saxophone + flute
Spencer Addis, tenor saxophone
Emilio Alvarez, all saxophones
Joshua McKeague, trumpet + flugelhorn
Brendan Sullivan, trombone
Coleman Gliddon, piano
Robert Law, bass
Michael McKeague, drum set

“…A contemporary approach is called for when performing this piece. I am a mega-fan of the Yellowjackets, and hear their musical perspective in my head as a composer. Will Kennedy, Marcus Baylor, and Peter Erskine are all great drummer models.”

Dr. Arthur White, composer (ASCAP)

2020 AUDITIONS ARE STILL OPEN FOR BRASS PLAYERS ONLY!

CONTACT US TO BOOK YOUR PERFORMANCE TIME.
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BRASS WANTED

We would like to hear trumpet and trombone players - these two chairs do not require improvisation, but must be very good brass players. #getinvolved #youthjazz #seasontwo

KC Area Youth Jazz is a unique and progressive jazz education focused program in our second full season.


 

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NEWSLETTER + MORE PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENTS:

2020 Season Auditions are now OPEN FOR BRASS PLAYERS ONLY: Spread the word!

  • YOUTH JAZZ is a no participation fee spring and summer only program - yes, it's FREE.
  • KC Area Youth Jazz Fellows perform  + record commissioned original music written for them.
  • 2019 Season Kudos: It was a great first season! More...
  • 2019 Event Kudos: CONCERT at 424 Lounge on Saturday, July 20 was great.
  • 2019 Gallery + Highlights Page: Find organizational history + videos + photos. (visit link)

2020 MMEA In-Service Workshop Conference:

  • GREAT NEWS: Mr. Burnett presented a jazz clinic on February 24, 2020 sponsored by the Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) and Conn-Selmer, Inc: DETAILS!

2020 Charlie Parker Celebration "Bird" Boot Camp:


PROJECT OVERVIEW

repertoire

YOUTH JAZZ prepares and presents a varied repertoire of masterworks and commissioned original compositions for recordings and a variety of performances where music is of central consideration.

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studio

Through a strategic business alliance, YOUTH JAZZ Fellows rehearse and record in Kansas City at the premier professional recording complex in the Midwest USA: BRC Audio Productions.

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education

YOUTH JAZZ provides participating students with an artist experience in jazz ensemble performance, along with interaction with established artists, music industry experts, and noted educators.

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YOUTH JAZZ IS A SPRING AND SUMMER ONLY PROGRAM

YOUTH JAZZ is a private applied music education and performance firm specializing in teaching the art of jazz ensemble performance and the craft of jazz improvisation to a select group of KC area youth artists. YOUTH JAZZ is comprised of student musicians who are among the top jazz artists of their generation. Members are determined by a rigorous audition process before the start of each annual performance season. YOUTH JAZZ repertoire consists of creatively arranged versions of existing jazz masterworks and commissioned original compositions that are performed and recorded. YOUTH JAZZ meets during the months of April, May, June, and July each season. YOUTH JAZZ performs concerts and records an album during July. Submit an inquiry to audition or contact the Artistic Director for more information about the KC Area Youth Jazz program.
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Photograph: "The Scout" by Duane Hallock.
Photograph: "The Scout" by Duane Hallock.

2019 Products

Join our other Supporters! The sale of KC Area Youth Jazz products allows us to offer youth participation in this program at no charge – yes, it’s FREE! Get involved today. Community members can also get involved with YOUTH JAZZ as chair sponsors, volunteers, consultants or business affiliates.