A Professional Music Industry Experience for The Next Generation:

Auditions are scheduled for SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023 AT BRC AUDIO PRODUCTIONS with results announced in MARCH 2023. Choose an available time from the form below and call to schedule.

Youth Jazz is a merit-based program and free of any program fees or costs in order to eliminate any possible financial barriers to participation.

Youth Jazz Fellows represent our best next-generation jazz artists who are emerging from all of the work each of us is doing in the greater Kansas City regional music community.

High School and College Student Jazz Artists are eligible for Youth Jazz Fellowships. See the details within the three sections on this page to learn about the program and how to apply for a 2023 Fellowship.

Youth Jazz Fellows are also awarded leadership opportunities as clinicians, and bandleaders, and inherently also serve as generational peer mentors among their seasonal cohorts thus positively affecting the greater Kansas City music community at large.

Jazz Directors and Private Jazz Teachers are also encouraged to nominate students.

Q&A ONE SHEET

2023 AUDITION 

Auditions are held at BRC Audio Productions.

PRIMARY DATE

SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2023
AT BRC AUDIO PRODUCTIONS

AUDITION TIME / CANDIDATE NAME + INSTRUMENT
1:00 PM /
1:15 PM /
1:30 PM /
1:45 PM /
2:00 PM /
2:15 PM /
2:30 PM /
2:45 PM /
3:00 PM / QUINN SPEAR + DRUM SET
3:15 PM /
3:30 PM /
3:45 PM /
4:00 PM / NICK GASSER + ACOUSTIC & ELECTRIC BASS
4:15 PM /
4:30 PM /
4:45 PM /
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TO RESERVE AUDITION APPOINTMENTS
CALL (913) 250-5141

ALTERNATE DATE

SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2023
AT BRC AUDIO PRODUCTIONS

AUDITION TIME / CANDIDATE NAME + INSTRUMENT
1:00 PM /
1:15 PM /
1:30 PM /
1:45 PM /
2:00 PM /
2:15 PM /
2:30 PM /
2:45 PM /
3:00 PM /
3:15 PM /
3:30 PM /
3:45 PM /
4:00 PM /
4:15 PM /
4:30 PM /
4:45 PM /
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TO RESERVE AUDITION APPOINTMENTS
CALL (913) 250-5141

We ask prospective fellows to prepare:

(1) a Jazz standard with improvisation,

(2) Improvise over the F blues form, and

(3) Play all 12 major scales in 60 seconds.

(4) We conduct a personal interview that requires a commitment to attending all rehearsals, concerts, and recording sessions.

Drum Set candidates must demonstrate the ability to play all styles and grooves common to Jazz music.

Auditions for a Youth Jazz Fellowship are purposely rigorous and very competitive. 

We accept the best qualified candidates who audition for fellowships each season. 

And, if you are interested in participating in the Kansas City Area Youth Jazz program but need to further refine and develop competencies and skills in the above audition areas, don’t let that stop you from trying – we encourage all developing next generation artists to practice and also study with a qualified applied jazz music teacher privately. We also recommend participating in the great KC-based jazz developmental programs like the Kansas City Jazz Academy, Future Jazz, 5 Star Jazz Band, etc. Thanks for your interest in Kansas City Area Youth Jazz.

YouthJazz.us

TECHNICAL NOTE: We use the iRealPro app for backing Horn Players, Pianists, Bassists, and Drummers.

2022 HIGHLIGHT REEL

NOTE: 2022 Highlight Reel background music is “ETA” by Bobby Watson performed by the 2022 Watson Ensemble from the soon-to-be-released “2022 FELLOWS” recording on the ARC label. See the album cover below and also visit the ARC label website for more information.

YOUTH JAZZ FELLOWS ARE ARC RECORDING ARTISTS