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Kansas City Jazz Camp, in partnership with the Kansas City Jazz Alliance

June 6-10 & June 13-17, 2022 at REW Music (Lenexa)
Led by Jim Mair, Director of Instrumental Music, Jazz Studies and Woodwinds at Kansas City Kansas Community College

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Cost: $300 per week-long camp registration
- includes a jazz camp t-shirt/bring your lunch

The Kansas City Jazz Camp is comprised of 2 ensembles. Each ensemble's dedicated camp is one week long.

  • ALL STAR BAND, June 6-10: Participants are placed in this ensemble by audition only.
  • 87th STREET BIG BAND, June 13-17: Audition optional.

Audition & Registration Deadline: May 15

Kansas City Jazz Camp Information

The Kansas City Jazz Camp is a week-long summer day camp, brought to you by the Kansas City Jazz Alliance, partnering with REW Music. The ages of camp participants range from 13 to adult. The ability levels range from beginner to advanced. The camp focuses on jazz improvisation skills in a standard “big band” setting. The jazz camp faculty blend an academic perspective with “in the trenches” expertise. We welcome middle school, high school and college students, hobbyists, retirees and anyone with a desire to learn and have fun.

Unravel the mysteries of improvisation at the Kansas City Jazz Camp.

This year, the Kansas City Jazz Camp is offering 2 separate week-long camps.


June 6-10: ALL STAR BAND (by audition only*)
(High school to adult ensemble)

Participation is limited to:
5 each: saxophones, trombones, trumpets
2: drummers/percussion (congas, mallets)
1 each: string bass, guitar, piano
Performance: Friday, June 10 at 3pm, Homer’s Coffee House, 7126 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS 66204

June 13-17: 87th STREET BIG BAND (audition optional)
(Middle school to adult ensemble)

Participation is limited to:
5 each: saxophones, trombones, trumpets
2 each: string bass, guitar, piano, drummers/percussion (congas, mallets)
Performance: Friday, June 17 at 3pm, Homer’s Coffee House, 7126 W 80th St, Overland Park, KS 66204

*Placement in the ALL STAR BAND is determined by audition only – see audition information below. If you choose not to audition, you will automatically be placed in the 87th Street Big Band.

Daily Schedule

10:00 - 11:30am Full Group rehearsal
11:30am - 12:15pm   Master Classes with instrument specialists
12:15 - 12:45pm Lunch Break (campers provide their own lunch)
12:45 - 1:30pm Small Ensembles
1:30 - 3:00pm Full Group rehearsal

2022 Faculty

Jim Mair, director
Doug Talley, saxophones
Daniel Dissmore, trumpet
Jason Goudeau, trombone
Antonio Reyes, drum set, bass
Andre Reyes, Jr., piano

Limited Financial Assistance available – contact Jim Mair for information. Contact info will be included in your registration email confirmation.


  1. Sign up for the Kansas City Jazz Camp. Directions for how to submit your audition recording to the camp director, Jim Mair, will be included in your email confirmation once your registration has been processed. Contact Jim if you are interested in auditioning virtually in place of submitting a recording.
  2. Record your audition (details below).
  3. Send in your audition as soon as possible to be considered for the June 6-10 ALL STARS Jazz Camp. Deadline to submit registration and auditions for the All Star Band is May 15th.


All wind players, guitarists and pianists:
  • Play the melody of “Donna Lee” composed by Charlie Parker and/or “Ceora” composed by Lee Morgan. The sheet music can be found in The Real Book 6th Edition available at REW Music. Be sure to play from the book that matches your instrument (Bb for trumpets and tenor sax, Eb for alto and bari sax, Bass Clef for trombones, C Treble clef book for piano, guitar or vibraphone).
  • Record yourself playing the melody once through with the YouTube backing track below. Improvisation for one additional chorus is optional but recommended.
Bass Players:
  • Walk the chord changes accompanied by a metronome set at 160 for “Donna Lee” and 132 for “Ceora”.
  • Play along with the backing tracks of each song for two minutes on each tune.

Donna Lee (Play-Along track)

Ceora (Play-Along track)

Audition & Registration Deadline: May 15