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Kansas City Youth Jazz

Youth Jazz has begun their 5th season in the Kansas City Area.

They look forward to working with the 2023 FELLOWSHIP. Youth Jazz has made it possible for deserving young musicians to create and release their own recordings. Young up and coming talent record at the state of the art, BRC AUDIO PRODUCTIONS in Kansas City, KS.

The 2019 and 2020 recordings are available. And this month, Youth Jazz is celebrating the release of the 2021 FELLOWS and 2022 FELLOWS recordings, released commercially worldwide, in the same way other world class recordings, are offered on Artists Recording Collective, (ARC), under the direction of Chris and Terri Burnett.

The couple would again like to thank William Crain and BRC Audio Productions for recording these important documentations, The year’s top youth jazz musicians of the Kansas City area. Dr. Adrianna Marshall and the Kansas City Public Schools system are also Youth Jazz community partners.

Over the years, many musicians getting their start in Kansas City have gone on to great heights. The list is long. The process began almost a century ago with the beginnings of the popularity of jazz.

Saxophonist Frankie Trumbauer was one of the first young Kansas City jazz musicians. He, along with a young cornetist from Davenport, Iowa named ] Bix Beiderbecke became featured soloists in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

They were honored to premier and record George and Ira Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at Carnegie Hall in 1925. Trumbauer passed away in Kansas City in 1956. His landmark recording Singin the Blues was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1977.

One never knows when the next Trumbauer, Beiderbecke, or Bird will arrive. We can nurture them along the way and provide the tools to help them reach their goals. That is what organizations like Youth Jazz and the Oliver School are all about.

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