NEON JAZZ INTERVIEW SERIES

Interview by: Joe Dimino of Neon Jazz
Published on Aug 15, 2018

“Welcome to a new edition of the Neon Jazz interview series with KC Jazz Saxophone Veteran Chris Burnett on KC Area Youth Jazz .. Mr. Burnett returned home to the Kansas City area in 2001 after serving 22 years with military jazz bands. He worked with Leon A. Brady’s famous jazz education program for five years (until Mr. Brady retired) and then with other jazz education programs. As the leader of this new premier student jazz artist opportunity Youth Jazz, he is training the next generation of Jazz Musicians .. We had a very engaging talk about his mission, vision, shows and plans ..”

Neon Jazz is a radio program airing since 2011. Hosted by Joe Dimino and Engineered by John Christopher in Kansas City, Missouri giving listeners a journey into one of America’s finest inventions.

Category: Music

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NOTE #2

August 13, 2018

Subject: Getting the word out to youth jazz musicians

Thanks for helping get the word out to instrumental music directors, students and parents in the KC area about this new (spring and summer only) jazz education and apprenticeship program that’s free.

A good point to remember is that KC AREA YOUTH JAZZ inherently supplements rather than competes with school band activities and other private youth jazz programs on the scene. YOUTH JAZZ is a very unique model and provides a valuable young artist experience that’s different than the other groups.

We want to attract the best players in grades 9-12 to audition and participate in this “best of the best” octet.

The KCAYJ Fellows experience includes playing custom compositions and arrangements, clinics from working professionals, learning a pre-selected jazz repertoire each season, producing a professional recording each season, and getting paid for the live concert performances given in the community.

We continue to have a good response to our musician drive for the 2019 season …

AUDITION INQUIRIES (so far)

ALTO SAXOPHONISTS
o 1 Grade 11 (Kansas City, MO)
o 1 Grade 9 (Grain Valley, MO)

TENOR SAXOPHONISTS
o 1 Grade 9 (Grain Valley, MO)

TRUMPET PLAYERS
o 1 Grade 12 (Kansas City, MO)
o 1 Grade 11 (Overland Park, KS)
o 1 Grade 9 (Lenexa, KS)

TROMBONE PLAYERS
o 1 Grade 12 (Kansas City, MO)
o 1 Grade 9 (Kansas City, KS)

GUITARISTS
o NONE

PIANISTS
o 1 Grade 12 (Kansas City, MO)
o 1 Grade 9 (Kansas City, KS)

BASSISTS
o 1 Grade 9 (Overland Park, KS)

DRUM SET PLAYERS
o 1 Grade 11 (Kansas City, MO)
o 1 Grade 10 (Grandview, MO)
o 1 Grade 9 (Overland Park, KS)

As you see that’s already the instrumentation for a jazz ensemble.

We may end up making two ensembles divided by grades: like a 9/10 grade octet and an 11/12 grade octet. We would like to hear from more tenor players, more bassists and some jazz guitarists too.

The number of musicians who can inquire is unlimited. The more the better!

Know somebody who might be interested?

  • Pass along our website to them by text message or email.

Are you a musician and parent interested in KCAYJ? …

AIREGIN by Sonny Rollins
arr. Michael Schwartz: SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Combo

  • Alto Saxophone: Matt Richards
  • Tenor Saxophone: Michael Schwartz
  • Trumpet: Kate Williams
  • Trombone: Jasim Perales
  • Piano: Lucas Hahn
  • Guitar: Isaac De Vera
  • Bass: Max Schwartz
  • Drums: Benjamin Ring

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 13, 2018

Subject: Joel Nichols joins KCAYJ as Spokesperson, Emcee, Consultant

Kansas City – KC Area Youth Jazz is pleased to announce the addition of Media Relations Expert and Kansas City area Radio and Television Personality, Joel Nichols as an official Spokesperson, Concert Emcee, and Media Consultant.

“I’ve known Christopher for many years and look forward to working with KC Area Youth Jazz,” Nichols said. “I’m looking forward to serving the organization as an official spokesperson, concert emcee, and consultant.”

An assistant professor of broadcasting for 25 years, Nichols knows the value of education. He graduated with a degree in education from the University of Wisconsin and is married to a teacher.

“I’ve also coached many experts in other fields to help them communicate more effectively,” Nichols said. “Being able to work with the KCAYJ Fellows regarding interviews and any interaction they may have with the media should be lots of fun.”

Nichols also recently launched “Joel Nichols Communications” as a platform to deliver his 30 years of experience in the broadcast industry to a wider demographic of clients.

Founded as a premier student jazz opportunity for students in grades 9-12, the philosophy of the KC AREA YOUTH JAZZ (KCAYJ) organization is to develop selected jazz repertoire for refined performance opportunities through a high-level of understanding and musicianship.

Another primary feature of the KCAYJ business model is building in the teaching of entrepreneurialism skills and networking across the full demographic of the jazz community.

“Having Joel onboard as a media professional, educator and spokesperson is very significant” says founder and artistic director, Christopher Burnett. “His ability to help get our mission messaging out will help KCAYJ.”

Burnett said among the distinctive and interesting aspects about the KCAYJ model is that students are exposed to, and learn about, both – the music and the business of jazz.

“This sets us apart from many jazz education programs,” Burnett said. “We’ve partnered with some of the educators, businesses and other music professionals who share our same professional values and commitment to our jazz community.”

The organization has also strategically teamed with BRC Audio Productions and its owner, Bill Crain to provide a conveniently located venue to serve as a home base facility for KCAYJ rehearsals, some concerts and its professional recording sessions.

“I was initially going to produce the program at a space here in Leavenworth,” Burnett said. “When I told Bill about the program he offered to host it and get involved as a consultant too. It was a great instance of synergy.”

Seven students have already signed up for 2019 auditions. KCAYJ students will perform a varied repertoire of masterworks and commissioned original compositions written specifically for the young jazz artists.

Dr. Arthur White is our Composer-In-Residence for the 2019 KCAYJ Season,” Burnett said. “We’re getting great response from leading writers and have commitments for future involvement from composers Mark Taylor, Sumi Tonooka and Mike Tomaro among others.”

Burnett said the students will record each season’s repertoire and the music will be released commercially on the Artists Recording Collective label. He added the recordings are primarily intended to serve as historical documents, but teaching students how the process works professionally is valuable.

“KCAYJ is an independent subsidy of the Artists Recording Collective Limited Liability Company,” Burnett said. “We want to attract the best players to comprise the octet. Our schedule should also allow students the ability to participate in other summer jazz activities as well.”

Complete preliminary information about KCAYJ is available online at www.YouthJazz.us along with the audition inquiry form.

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TRISTE (by Antonio Carlos Jobim) arranged by Joan Monné
Alba Armengou (vocal soloist)
Joan Chamorro, bass and director
Featuring Luigi Grasso, alto sax and Enrique Oliver, tenor sax

  • Rita Payés, voice
  • Èlia Bastida, voice
  • Andrea Motis, voice
  • Carla Motis, guitar
  • Jan Domenech, piano
  • Abril Saurí, drums

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


THE KCAYJ PRODUCTS

July 11, 2018

Subject: Youth Jazz entrepreneurs

The KCAYJ organization is supported and funded by the inherent entrepreneurialism intentionally built into the KCAYJ business model. This foundation is simply based upon selling three KCAYJ products created each season.

Product #1 RECORDINGS


🎵 Album pre-sales will be available for purchase soon.

Product #2 CONCERTS


🎵 Book a concert.

Product #3 CHAIR SPONSORSHIPS


‪🎵 Join our current Chair Sponsors 😎 ‬

Visit the KCAYJ Products page.

KCAYJ Product Sales allow youth participation at no cost. KCAYJ Product Sales fund the hiring of our resident composer. KCAYJ Product Sales fund the visits by industry professionals.

FYJD/MILLENNIAL by Braxton Cook

  • Braxton Cook – Alto saxophone
  • Andrew Renfoe – Guitar
  • Joshua Crumbly – Bass
  • Jonathan Pinson – Drums

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


HOLIDAY BREAK

July 4, 2018

Subject: Fourth of July

Here’s wishing a safe holiday with lots of great food among family and dear friends highlighted by listening to some great jazz like this…

ALONG CAME BETTY by Benny Golson

  • Mark Turner, tenor sax
  • Avishai Cohen, trumpet
  • Joe Martin, bass
  • Marcus Gilmore, drums

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


AUDITION INQUIRIES

June 30, 2018

Subject: Seeking 2019 KCAYJ Fellows

Great news!

We have an alto saxophonist, a trumpeter, a trombonist, two pianists, a bassist, and a drummer who have signed up to audition for positions as 2019 KC Area Youth Jazz Fellows.

The KCAYJ octet instrumentation is:

  • Alto Saxophone
  • Tenor Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Bass
  • Drum Set

If you know any talented jazz musicians in grades 9-12 who might be interested in our Spring and Summer program, share this post and link with them and their parents: www.YouthJazz.us/auditions/

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


THANK YOU, ALAN VOSS!

June 27, 2018

Subject: Cymbal set donation

We sincerely appreciate KC based percussionist Alan Voss donating a set of cymbals (ride, crash, and pair of hi hats).

The entire kit will be available for KCAYJ Fellows concert performances away from the BRC Audio Productions complex during the 2019 season.

The cymbals are vital components to complete the Yamaha drum set BurnettMusic.com has already provided.

El CABOROJENO by Bob Mintzer

  • Bob Mintzer Big Band

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NOTE #1

June 24, 2018

Subject: Getting the word out to youth jazz musicians

Thanks for helping get the word out to instrumental music directors, students and parents in the KC area about this new (spring and summer only) jazz education and apprenticeship program that’s free.

A good point to remember is that KC AREA YOUTH JAZZ inherently supplements rather than competes with school band activities and other private youth jazz programs on the scene. YOUTH JAZZ is a very unique model and provides a valuable young artist experience that’s different than the other groups.

We want to attract the best players in grades 9-12 to audition and participate in this “best of the best” jazz octet.

The KCAYJ Fellows experience includes playing custom compositions and arrangements, clinics from working professionals, learning a pre-selected jazz repertoire each season, producing a professional recording each season, and getting paid for the live concert performances given in the community.

We’ve had a good initial response to our musician drive for the 2019 season …

AUDITION INQUIRIES (so far):

  • 1 Alto Saxophonist
  • 1 Bassist
  • 2 Pianists
  • 1 Drummer

As you see that’s already the instrumentation of a jazz quartet. GREAT!

Since our goal ensemble is a jazz octet, we’d like to hear from Trumpet and Trombone players, Tenor Saxophonists and Guitarists too.

The number of musicians to inquire is unlimited. The more the better!

Know somebody who might be interested?

  • Pass along our website to them by text message or email.

Are you a musician and parent interested in KCAYJ? …

THE INCIDENT by Patrick Cornelius

  • Nick Vayenas: Trombone
  • Patrick Cornelius: Alto Sax
  • Miro Sprague: Piano
  • Joseph Lepore: Bass
  • Mark Ferber: Drums

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 11, 2018

Subject: KC Area Youth Jazz launches a unique model student jazz artist education program

Kansas City – Founded as a premier student jazz opportunity for students in grades 9-12, the philosophy of the KC AREA YOUTH JAZZ (KCAYJ) organization is to develop selected jazz repertoire for refined performance opportunities through a high-level of understanding and musicianship.

“Our approach is to engage the next generation of jazz artists within an applied performance environment,” says founder and artistic director, Christopher Burnett. “Our vision is to attract ‘the best of the best’ among our KC area young jazz musicians.”

Burnett said among the distinctive and interesting aspects about the KCAYJ model is that students are exposed to, and learn about, both – the music and the business of jazz.

“This sets us apart from many jazz education programs,” Burnett said. “We’ve partnered with some of the educators, businesses and other music professionals who share our same professional values and commitment to our jazz community.”

The organization has strategically teamed with BRC Audio Productions and its owner, Bill Crain to provide a conveniently located venue to serve as a home base facility for KCAYJ rehearsals, some concerts and its professional recording sessions.

“I was initially going to produce the program at a space here in Leavenworth,” Burnett said. “When I told Bill about the program he offered to host it and get involved as a consultant too. It was a great instance of synergy.”

KCAYJ students will perform a varied repertoire of masterworks and commissioned original compositions written specifically for the young jazz artists.

“Dr. Arthur White is our Composer-In-Residence for the 2019 KCAYJ Season,” Burnett said. “We’re getting great response from leading writers and have commitments for future involvement from composers Mark Taylor, Sumi Tonooka and Mike Tomaro among others.”

Burnett said the students will record each season’s repertoire and the music will be released commercially on the Artists Recording Collective label. He added the recordings are primarily intended to serve as historical documents, but teaching students how the process works professionally is valuable.

“KCAYJ is an independent subsidy of the Artists Recording Collective Limited Liability Company,” Burnett said. “We want to attract the best players to comprise the octet. Our schedule should also allow students the ability to participate in other summer jazz activities as well.”

Complete preliminary information about KCAYJ is available online at www.YouthJazz.us along with the audition inquiry form.

# # #

PRESS CONTACT:

Christopher L. Burnett
Founder and Artistic Director
Office: 913-250-5141
Visit – www.YouthJazz.us