Youth Jazz Fellows … play original compositions and iconic selections from the jazz music canon, get paid for live concerts, and release professional studio recordings each season. Get involved!

Y o u t h J a z z . u s

Youth Jazz Artists

CONDUCTING AUDITIONS

Ali Carlton,
trombone
from Kansas
(2020 Fellow)

Andreas Kellepouris,
tenor + soprano saxophones
from Missouri
(2020 Fellow)

Asa Martin,
trombone
from Kansas
(2020 Fellow)

Atzin Garcia,
alto saxophone + flute
from Missouri
(2019, 2020 Fellow)

Benjamin Ogutu,
trumpet + flugelhorn
from Missouri
(2020 Fellow)

Brendan Sullivan,
trombone
from Missouri
(2019 Fellow)

Carter Beucher,
alto + soprano saxophone
from Missouri
(2019, 2020 Fellow)

Coleman Gliddon,
piano
from Missouri
(2019 Fellow)

Emilio Alvarez,
all saxophones
from Missouri
(2019 Fellow)

Guthrie Bricker,
drum set
from Kansas
(2020 Fellow)

Isaac Pieters,
acoustic bass
from Missouri
(2020 Fellow)

Joshua McKeague,
trumpet + flugelhorn
from Missouri
(2019 Fellow)

Mac Sanmiguel,
piano + keyboard
from Kansas
(2020 Fellow)

Maurice Butler,
drum set + percussion
from Missouri
(2020 Fellow)

Michael McKeague,
drum set
from Missouri
(2019 Fellow)

Miles Clemons,
piano + keyboard
from Missouri
(2020 Fellow)

Paige Ely,
electric bass
from Missouri
(2020 Fellow)

Parker Blackinton,
trumpet + flugelhorn
from Kansas
(2020 Fellow)

Robert Law,
electric bass
from Kansas
(2019 Fellow)

Spencer Addis,
tenor saxophone
from Missouri
(2019 Fellow)


Discography

All Kansas City Area Youth Jazz album releases are
distributed worldwide commercially on ARC.

Youth Jazz Faculty + Staff

Christopher Burnett (2019, 2020)
Bill Crain (2019, 2020)
William Crain (2019, 2020)
WM Thornton (2019, 2020)
Joel Gordon (2019)
Houston Smith (2019 clinician)
Morgan Faw (2019 clinician)
Garyfallia (Gary) Kerkezou (2019 clinician)

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THE OPPORTUNITY

KC Area Youth Jazz is a pretty unique youth jazz artist program model that we conceived nearly ten years ago and formally launched in 2019. We wanted to develop a program model that does several relevant things for participants. Namely, (1) creating performances and recordings at a professional-level of original compositions and unique works by master artists on the scene today; (2) teaching and mentoring youth in the business of jazz artistry and how to subsidize a career with relevant profit centers; (3) deliver an artist-level experience to high school age jazz musicians with rigorous elements as to help inform career and higher education decisions before graduation; and, (4) provide an environment where all jazz generations interact with one another, thus teaching that if the modern jazz art form is going to remain viable, it is ultimately due to being a true community – not a cabal of cliques. Check it out. Thoughts and encouragement are welcome. Become a member. Thanks, Mr. B

*More information:

YOUTH JAZZ Consultants Guidelines are found here.

YOUTH JAZZ Fellows Guidelines are found here.

YOUTH JAZZ Terms and Conditions are found here.

GET INVOLVED

Join our other Supporters! The sale of KC Area Youth Jazz products, grants, sponsorships, and tax-deductible donations allow 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.