Thursday, June 7, 2012



Students at the annual Kansas City Kansas Community College Jazz Camp got to sit in on a concert by many of Kansas City’s greatest jazz artists Wednesday as eight members of the Jazz Camp faculty put on an informal 45-minute concert for campers.

Directed by Jim Mair, the Director of Instrumental Music at KCKCC and former Director of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, more than 55 young musicians are getting weeklong instruction from an elite instructional staff.

In addition to Mair, three of the musicians are adjunct instructors at KCKCC, Mike Ning, who plays piano and keyboard; Steve Molloy, trumpet and flugelhorn; and Rod Fleeman, They are joined by Kansas City jazz legends Everette Devan on the Hammond B3 organ and James Albright on bass; Doug Talley of the Shawnee Mission school district, tenor sax; and Scott Prebys, former University of Mary instructor in Bismarck, N.D., drums.

“Rod Fleeman is a three-time Grammy nominee and three of the instructors have won Governor’s Awards for the Arts – Scott Prebys in North Dakota, Doug Talley in Kansas and Everette Devan in Missouri,” said Mair.


PHOTOS: Guitarist and three-time Grammy nominee Rod Fleeman enjoys an improvisation with tenor sax Jim Mair; jazz legends Everette Devan on organ, Mike Ning on piano and Scott Prebys on drums take center stage; and Jim Mair punctuated a concert for KCKCC Jazz Camp students with a stirring alto sax solo. (KCKCC Photos by Alan Hoskins)