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The Youth Jazz News

2020 Auditions + Website Updates:

Last updated on Thursday, Dec 12, 2019.

  • 2020 YOUTH JAZZ Audition Update: Thanks to everyone who has submitted a request for 2020 YOUTH JAZZ audition materialsGoogle Drive access will resume with the conclusion of Kansas and Missouri All-State Auditions!
  • Announcement: Album Post-Production continues ... Mr. Crain says it's coming along great with only two songs remaining and he works on the album for free between his regular clients at BRC Audio Productions in Kansas City.
  • Secure eCommerce Store: 20 Vinyl LPs already sold! VISIT SHOP
  • 2020 YOUTH JAZZ Chair Sponsorships News: 2 sponsors already! Get involved!
  • Meet the 2020 YOUTH JAZZ Faculty - HERE! The Kansas City Globe related newspaper article: SEE IT HERE!

The Youth Jazz Experience


2020 Season Auditions are now OPEN: Spread the word!

2020 MMEA In-Service Workshop Conference:


2020 Charlie Parker Celebration Student Music Boot Camp:


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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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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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 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.