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youth jazz season 6

The 2024 ๐Ÿ”—Kansas City Area Youth Jazz Fellowship is underway with great momentum.

The spring and summer program is in it’s 6th season, has released 5 commercial albums of music on a professional record label, and continues to attract the top talent from our regionโ€™s youngest generation of jazz musicians.

Youth Jazz is a professional music industry experience that is based upon being a no-cost and merit-based scholarship opportunity, take a look and listen ๐Ÿ”—here.

โ€œORIGINALSโ€ is here

We finished recording and producing our next album titled “ORIGINALS” in December 2023 and ๐Ÿ”—we released it worldwide on our 45th anniversary in March 2024.

“ORIGINALS” is out ๐Ÿ”—worldwide and is our 5th professionally published album. It turned out great!

“ORIGINALS” complete PDF sheet ๐Ÿ”—music scores are also available through Hal Leonardโ€™s Sheet Music Plus and Sheet Music Direct!

he’s the president

Christopher Burnett is now serving as the volunteer board president of the nonprofit jazz catalyst organization here in the Kansas City area named, ๐Ÿ”—Kansas City Jazz ALIVE, Inc. Lots of cool things coming!

lifetime achievement

Christopher Burnett said, โ€œPaola was a very special place to grow up and embark upon adulthood during our era. I am both humbled and honored by the sentiment of ๐Ÿ”—this award representing the people who have known me from the beginning.โ€

musicians never retire

2 PHOTO by Corinna Gray Photography (2023)

We still practice every day, teach music students, perform with our ensembles and in several community groups, as well as write and publish music.

Every musical mentor we’ve had over the years has told us that musicians actually never retire at 65 years old, at least in the sense that people with 9-5 jobs generally do.

As long as our health allows us to continue professionally performing, composing, teaching… and our artistic inspiration is there, we will continue on this path until we leave this realm. We both think that’s cool.