2020 Season COVID-19 Mitigation Jazz at BRC Audio Productions #digitalart
2020 Season COVID-19 Mitigation Jazz at BRC Audio Productions #digitalart




DOWNLOAD: KC Area Youth Jazz Memorandum, dated June 7, 2020

KC Area Youth Jazz Follows COVID-19 Guidelines and Safety Precautions of Kansas, Missouri, and the CDC.



CDC Guidelines:

Also, see the following references we use to mitigate risk at KC Area Youth Jazz:

Army Band CoviD-19 Risk Mitigation for Large Groups

ANNEX-C Army Band COVID-19 Operational Guidelines


2020 Season COVID-19 Mitigation Jazz at BRC Audio Productions #digitalart
2020 Season COVID-19 Mitigation Jazz at BRC Audio Productions #digitalart


The 2020 KC Area Youth Jazz Fellows will be studied and performed the progressive music and arrangements of several very fine composers and ensembles, including: Bobby Watson, David Berkman, Patrick Cornelius, Bill Fulton Band, and their directors.

VIDEO CLINIC: Patrick Cornelius gives a clinic to KC Area Youth Jazz Fellows on his composition "Infinite Blue" that will be performed and recorded during the 2020 KCAYJ season. Get all of his music on the Whirlwind Recordings label.

ODE TO JOE HEN is Dr. White’s nod to the legendary Joe Henderson and the progressive arrangement and harmonic progression of the composition captures the spirit musically. Although Henderson's earliest recordings were marked by a strong hard-bop influence, it must be noted that both his writing and playing encompassed not only the bebop tradition but R&B, Latin, and avant-garde as well. Atzin Garcia’s alto saxophone delivers a creative solo that leads into pianist Coleman Gliddon’s colorful improvisation. Joshua McKeague’s burnished trumpet tone adds the right textures during his solo, and his brother Michael McKeague’s drum improvisation with the ensemble accompaniment brings the piece to a satisfying conclusion.

AS SOON AS POSSIBLE is a performance that demonstrates the skill of director Bill Crain in that he successfully attained a level of subtlety and nuance from the fellows during both their ensemble work and improvised solos. Mr. Garcia delivers another fine alto solo and trombonist Brendan Sullivan takes his first of several expressive solos on the album here. Carter Beucher’s alto saxophone solo is highlighted by a centered tone and focused improvisational ideas. Mr. Gliddon’s piano adds another tasty contribution.

LIGHT / DARK is a complex and multi-layered composition that features interwoven melodic lines and contemporary harmonies in a very well written piece of music. The work begins with Mr. Gliddon’s piano establishing a single note theme that develops and builds musically until the full ensemble is performing together. Another fine solo by Mr. Sullivan on trombone. Tenor Saxophonist Spencer Addis is heard for the first time improvising with passion and creativity.

BISHOP’S PEAK is a composition of shifting rhythmic moods that allow for interesting thematic melodic materials, background lines, and bedrock for soloists. Mr. Sullivan’s trombone solo takes advantage of the rhythmic contrasts while Mr. Beucher’s alto saxophone imbues a bluesy, swinging feeling. Mr. Gliddon and Michael McKeague trade improvisations back and forth between piano and drums respectively. Joshua McKeague delivers a strong performance.

BIRD FLU is a fitting tribute to bebop jazz innovator and Kansas native, Charlie Parker that also provides a few musical twists and turns for the soloists as well. Joshua McKeague’s flugelhorn keeps the energy level moving forward during his thoughtful improvisation. Mr. Garcia uses various thematic devices to cycle his alto saxophone improvisation as a hand-off to Mr. Gliddon’s piano solo break.

2019 FELLOWS is a fine debut album by the Kansas City Area Youth Jazz program that superbly documents the results of the program after its first season. The musical vision of both Mr. Christopher Burnett, the program’s Artistic Director, and Mr. Bill Crain, the ensemble’s Musical Director, is unified. They want the program efforts each season to culminate in the Kansas City Area Youth Jazz Fellows understanding the music harmonically and performing with nuance. In that way, they are genuinely able to improvise original melodies along with the traditional modern jazz language phraseology passed down from studying the jazz masters.


released May 28, 2020

Album Title: 2019 FELLOWS Album Artist: KANSAS CITY AREA YOUTH JAZZ featuring the music of Dr. Arthur White. Under the musical direction of Bill Crain. Edited, mixed, and mastered by Bill Crain. Recording Session Engineer: William Crain. Kansas City Area Youth Jazz meets and records at BRC Audio Productions in Kansas City, Kansas USA. Burnett Music Foundation: Christopher Burnett, Founder and Artistic Director.

Piano - Coleman Gliddon
Bass - Robert Law
Drums - Michael McKeague
Trumpet + Flugelhorn - Joshua McKeague
Alto Saxophone - Carter Beucher
Alto Saxophone + Flute - Atzin Garcia
Tenor Saxophone - Spencer Addis
All Saxophones - Emilio Alvarez
Trombone - Brendan Sullivan


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Thanks everyone! The 2019 Kansas City Area Youth Jazz Fellows recording (ARC-2994 on the Artists Recording Collective label) turned out great. The LP version (sold out) is being manufactured now for delivery in August. The Digital version is available now at Bandcamp. You can listen via hi-res streaming and download the entire album as well. Read the liner notes for the back story, personnel credits, and production details about this very cool project. The 2020 season has begun and we are very excited about the potential of this cohort also. Check out what some of the best jazz artists of our youngest generation are doing. All the best, Cb


<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)

Experience KC Area Youth Jazz



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.