“KC Cityscape” (Duane Hallock)

The primary mission of Kansas City Area Youth Jazz is to record and release a professionally produced and commercially distributed album each season. So all of our primary efforts in each ensemble are always directed towards accomplishing this purpose. Playing public gigs is an ancillary consideration since each ensemble in the program only prepares two selections for the album and gigs will require development of an hour-long set list for the concert. However, during the course of each season various opportunities to perform public concerts and gigs in the greater Kansas City Area communities may present themselves to be compatible with this stated primary mission. Kansas City Area Youth Jazz welcomes such synergy.

OFFICIAL YOUTH JAZZ PERFORMANCES

recording priority

Gig performances do not conflict with album music and recording preparations.
  • In order for a performance to be considered an official Kansas City Area Youth Jazz performance, it has to be contracted and booked by the Artistic Director.
  • In order for a performance to be considered an official Kansas City Area Youth Jazz performance, performers must be compensated for their musical services.
  • In order for a performance to be considered an official Kansas City Area Youth Jazz performance, it must be open to public attendance to listen to the music.
CONTRACTED YOUTH JAZZ PERFORMANCES

community concerts

1-hour paid concerts in the community are the official youth jazz standard.
  • Contracted performances are booked through the Artistic Director only.
  • Inquiries must meet the parameters for official youth jazz performances above.
  • Contact Mr. B at (913) 250-5141 to inquire.
ACTIVE PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

strategic partners

Photograph: “Union Station and Downtown Kansas City” by Duane Hallock.
ARC JAZZ JAM SESSION AT 424 LOUNGE

WHO? + WHAT? + WHEN? Youth Jazz Fellows who play piano, bass, and drums will be approached this season by the Artistic Director to perform as Next Generation Staff for one hour at the ARC Jazz Jam Session at 424 Lounge. This is a paid situation on the third Saturday each month during April, May, June, and July for each of the three positions. This is a partnership between 424 Lounge and the ARC label.

424 LOUNGE / 424 Cherokee Street, Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

BIRD BOOT CAMP 2022

WHO? + WHAT? + WHEN? Youth Jazz Fellows may be approached this season by the Artistic Director to perform as Next Generation Staff for BIRD BOOT CAMP + MUSICAL SALUTE 2022. This is a paid situation annually in August. This is a partnership with KC Jazz ALIVE and Burnett Music Foundation.

BIRD BOOT CAMP + MUSICAL SALUTE 2020 / Bobby Watson leading the finale.