Jazz is about more than music.

5 years ago Terri Anderson Burnett and I started Kansas City Area Youth Jazz because we had a vision that we believed adds tangible value to life based upon our experiences working in music and also contributing to the KC private jazz education paradigm. Doing positive and constructive things with our lives and helping others has always been possible for us through objective study of music.

Special THANKS to Bill Crain, Rev WM Thornton, David Cunningham, William Crain, Houston Smith, and Greg Carroll for being with us each step of the way.

Thank you to the truly incredible community of artists that make up the “KC Jazz Scene” for so many of you sincerely embracing our original vision of “synergy among” all of our jazz generations and our many jazz industry entities!

YOUTH JAZZ utilizes the advantages of its diversely talented community of professionals within the greater Kansas City metropolitan area and beyond. It’s us.

We also understand that truly empowering the next generation requires creating an environment that allows all living generations in the music to interact with one another in the types of meaningful contexts our program provides during each season.

Combining applied performance of the art form with music business best practices presented in our educational learning contexts is a unique benefit of YOUTH JAZZ.

(1) Preparing music to a high level for recording,

(2) performing concerts in the community,

and (3) serving as peer mentors are among the opportunities that FELLOWS are afforded.

Networking among peers and developing relationships with industry mentors are vital skills for building infrastructure and community.

Meet some of our colleagues who have embraced our vision + joined us in this work at the link below.

We’re not alone.

👨🏽‍💻👩🏼‍💻 https://YOUTHJAZZ.US


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