18th Annual Kansas City Jazz Camp June 3 - 7, 2019
The Kansas City Jazz Camp is a week long summer day camp held on the campus of Kansas City Kansas Community College. The program serves approximately 50 music students each year. 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 small group or “combo” setting. Scholarships are awarded to camp attendees based on financial need and musical commitment.
Unravel the mysteries of improvisation at the Kansas City Jazz Camp. Our 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.
Mike Metheny leads a Jazz Camp Rehearsal at Kansas City Kansas Community College
Jazz Camp Performance at 12th Street Rag, at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown Hotel
Through the generosity of community members, several scholarships have been established to help support jazz camp attendees who may be in need of financial assistance. Individuals desiring to be considered for a scholarship should contact Jim Mair at 913.288.7350 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Jack G. Botteron, Jr. Jazz Camp Scholarship
The Jack G. Botteron, Jr. Jazz Camp Scholarship was established by members of Jack’s family in his loving memory. Jack was a trumpet player and lifelong student of music. Jack attended the KCKCC/KCJO Jazz Camp for several years and inspired many students with his enthusiasm and love of music. Scholarships are awarded each year to deserving students to attend the camp.
The David McRae Memorial Jazz Camp Scholarship
The David McRae Memorial Jazz Camp Scholarship was established in 2011 by his loving wife Mary Jane. Long time supporters of the arts and especially of jazz, Mary Jane and David have generously supported students throughout the country in attending music education programs.
Theo Wilson Jazz Camp Scholarship
Theodore Jan Wilson was a bassist and percussionist who spent the last part of his career in Kansas City playing professionally for the St. Joseph Symphony and The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra. Theo was born and raised in New York City. He was the son of the renown jazz pianist and Julliard instructor Theodore Shaw "Teddy" Wilson. Theo had the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from many celebrated musicians including saxophonist Benny Carter, drummer Jo Jones and bassist Milt Hinton.
Because of his New York City contacts early in life with musicians from Kansas City's heyday, Theo chose to relocate to Kansas City. Theo served as an adjunct faculty in the music department at Kansas City Kansas Community College and was an active contributor to KCKCC's Intercultural Center.
Always wearing a bow tie, Theo had a quiet gentlemanly elegance. He was blessed with extraordinary natural talent including a perfect ear, which along with his drive and determination allowed him to master whatever musical challenge he confronted.