The technical subtleties and refined essence of any highly sophisticated art form like jazz music are most genuinely perpetuated by master artists directly passing along their knowledge to the following generations of artists.
Kansas City Area Youth Jazz actually realizes that artist industry mentoring paradigm while also teaching the business craftsmanship and techniques of arts entrepreneurship that builds living wage infrastructure for artists while bringing jazz music to broader audiences and also to underserved communities.
It’s been said that most new businesses take five years or more to become viable entities.
Kansas City Area Youth Jazz went from being a “great idea” supported exclusively by volunteers, to a formal nonprofit public charity organization that is in its second year of fundraising.
Terri Anderson Burnett and I would like to thank all of you who have supported this project and we hope that you continue to support it going forward. You are vital to this program!
And we want to personally thank these specific people and entities:
Rev WM Thornton
Dr. Mary Burnett
Dr. Doris Carroll
Dr. Adrianna Marshall
Dr. Todd Wilkinson
Dr. Dan Thomas
Marcus Hampton, Jr.
Artists Recording Collective (Record Label)
BRC Audio Productions
Kansas City Public Schools
The Tune Shop
All of the albums recorded during each season of the Kansas City Area Youth Jazz are made available worldwide at all of the major music services and the albums from the last three seasons will complete postproduction on December 15, 2023.
This program is a truly unique resource and great opportunity for our next generation jazz artists.
2023 FELLOWS (ARC-3459) (pending)
2022 FELLOWS (ARC-8715) (pending)
2021 FELLOWS (ARC-3671) (pending)
2020 FELLOWS (ARC-2277) (released)
2019 FELLOWS (ARC-2994) (released)
Kansas City Area Youth Jazz is a spring and summer only program.
We don’t encourage students with known potential conflicts to audition due to the musical rigors and scope of the KCAYJ program.
Each awarded Fellowship is vital to each ensemble.
KCAYJ Fellows prepare professional level literature for recording, perform in a next generation summer showcase concert festival, some play paid gigs in the community, and Fellows work with a variety of renowned teaching artists as clinicians each season.
2024 FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION
Christopher L. Burnett (BMI) . Founder and Artistic Director . Kansas City Area Youth Jazz, Inc.
Musician, Composer, Educator . First Sergeant (Ret), US Army . “Soldier For Life” Army Music 🇺🇸
MUSINGS IN Cb: “Youth Jazz Updates”
PHOTO by Corinna Gray Photography (2023)
Christopher and Terri (Anderson) Burnett established their branch of The Burnett Family in March of 1979 in Copenhagen, Denmark. They are professional musicians, educators, and entrepreneurs based in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.