with Jim Mair

KANSAS CITY JAZZ SUMMIT – It was a great day serving as an adjudicator and clinician with former Count Basie Orchestra drummer Butch Miles (Ludwig), Dr. Justin Binek (KCKCC), the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra’s lead trumpeter, Steve Malloy and the great drummer Scott Prebys (Ludwig) for the 2018 “Basically Basie Competition” in Kansas City.

Along with the 340+ talented students, we heard 20 outstanding student bands. The featured photograph of this post is of festival judges with members of the “Basically Basie Competition” winner, Olathe Northwest High School’s – Raven Jazz I.

Thanks to Professor Jim Mair and Kansas City Jazz Alliance for producing this festival. The Kansas City Jazz Alliance preserves and advances the art form of jazz in Kansas City by inspiring and developing the next generation of jazz artists, educators, and supporters through educational programs and concert performances. This post features some photo gallery highlights and the entire Day 3 video stream from the Kansas City Jazz Summit.


iPhone selfie with former Count Basie Orchestra drummer, Butch Miles.


The entire day was streamed live on YouTube.

*NOTE: One of Mr. Burnett’s clinics can be seen at @ 24:40 time stamp mark of this video.


Jazz Appreciation Month (fondly known as “JAM”) was created at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April. JAM is intended to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate in jazz – to study the music, attend concerts, listen to jazz on radio and recordings, read books about jazz, and more.



Christopher Burnett is a critically acclaimed alto saxophonist, educator, arts business leader, and composer who began his professional career with military jazz bands “going pro” directly upon graduating high school at 18 years old.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Burnett has performed professionally around the world, recorded noteworthy albums as a leader, taught at the college-level and co-founded a significant independent recording label, Artists Recording Collective.

He held adjunct professor of music positions with University of Missouri Science and Technology (10 years) and at Metropolitan Community Colleges (5 years).

Most recently, Mr. Burnett was selected as a clinician for the 2018 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Workshop in Wichita.

A member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s is an eclectic instrumental music ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists. Repertoire includes Burnett original compositions and select jazz masterworks. He performs locally each month at Black Dolphin in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City.


Mr. Burnett is an official Conn-Selmer Artist and Clinician. He only plays Selmer (Paris) Saxophones.


  • Saxophone Mouthpiece – Jazz:
    Ted Klum custom made
  • Saxophone Reeds – Jazz:
    Rigotti Gold Jazz, 2.5 Medium
  • Saxophone Mouthpiece – Classical:
    Selmer C**
  • Saxophone Reeds – Classical:
    Rigotti Gold, 3
  • Clarinet Mouthpiece – Bb:
    Frank L. Kaspar (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
  • Clarinet Reeds – Bb:
    Vandoren V21, 3.5+
  • Clarinet Mouthpiece – A:
    Charles Bay custom made
  • Clarinet Reeds – A:
    Vandoren V21, 3.5+

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