Tim Whitmer's July Jazz Jam 3 Set for July 28

Tim Whitmer and Community Christian Church are excited and pleased to present July Jazz Jam 3 Sunday July 28th at 7 p.m. at Community Christian Church.

Now in its third year, this annual summer showcase promises to fill the auditorium with the happy, powerful sounds of the internationally acclaimed style known as Kansas City Jazz.

This year's theme is the Hot Summer Horn Summit. It features three of Kansas City Jazz's most popular and dynamic horn players, saxophonist Jim Mair, trumpeter Stan Kessler and multi-instrumentalist Horace Washington.

The amazing, versatile and charismatic Bukeka Shoals will be this year's special guest vocalist.

The headliners will be backed by the Tim Whitmer All-Stars, including Everett Devan on Hammond B-3 organ, Rod Fleeman on guitar, Jurgen Welge on drums, and James Albright on bass as well as Tim Whitmer on the Steinway concert grand piano.

Tim Whitmer promises a hot 90-minute tour de force of fun, upbeat jazz, blues and swing, all graced with the toe-tapping, finger-snapping good time feel of the classic Kansas City Sound. 

"The Hot Summer Horn Summit's full horn section, soaring vocals, and first class ensemble all add up to a one of a kind show that is guaranteed to please music lovers of all ages," Whitmer said. "And it's all for a good cause. A portion of the profits goes to funding the music programs at Community Christian Church."

Get your tickets now for the Hot Summer Horn Summit concert event of the year; $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  Call the church at 816-561-6531.

This year, there’s a new opportunity for enjoyment by attendees at July Jazz Jam 3: be a VIP July Jazz Jammer. For $40, you receive two tickets, an Express Lane-Preferred Seating option and a signed copy of Tim Whitmer’s “88 Keys for Christmas” solo piano CD. There are a limited number of the VIP tickets, so call or come by soon!

Tickets are available for purchase in the church office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on the church website through PayPal:

Community Christian Church is located adjacent to the Country Club Plaza at 4601 Main Kansas City, Mo. Parking is available in the parking garage just south of the church on the corner. For more information, call the church at 816-561-6531. 

About the Artists

(Please check out the videos of each artist on this site!)

Bukeka Shoals, lauded as a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and speaker, touches the souls of audiences of all ages and backgrounds. With the release of her second CD, Spirit is Alive!, her music once again soars, lifting spirits and creating hope.

Music critic Joe Klopus from the Kansas City Star claims, “One well-placed note from Shoals can do more than dozens of notes from soul-singer wannabes. She has an enviably wide range, so in the register where others are shrieking, she’s singing real, true notes.”

Richard Gintowt of Pitch Magazine writes that “Shoals ably channels Ella Fitzgerald, but she's also not afraid to represent her own generation by covering Michael Jackson and other maestros of modern pop.”

Bukeka’s fans are raving too. “There is no doubt Bukeka's music comes from her heart. And what a heart that is! Bukeka's music is so inspiring and Spirit filled you will likely never forget the first time you hear her sing,” according to LouAnn Thomas. Kelly Moeler says it best, “When I first heard that Bukeka was coming out with another CD, I was excited. Listening to her … leaves you speechless most, if not all of the time. Her lyrics are so powerful and really speak to the core of your being. Her words become yours. They have brought hope and peace into my life on countless occasions when the day was rough.”

With song titles such as I Stand in my Truth, The Universe is Calling and Safe, Secure, Peaceful, and Satisfied, listeners take a guided journey into themselves and are beckoned to first reach in and then reach out.

Bukeka was selected earlier this year as a recipient of one of the 2013 Influential Women Awards from Kansas City Business Magazine, based on her outstanding career achievements, business acumen, dynamic leadership and presentation skills, and for having a positive influence on the Kansas City community.

Check out Bukeka’s website:

Jim Mair is currently Professor of Music and Director of Instrumental Music at Kansas City Kansas Community College. He also serves as the Artistic Director for The Kansas City Jazz Alliance, The Kansas City High School All Star Jazz Ensemble and The Kansas City Jazz Quintet and is the producer of The Kansas City Jazz Summit. From 2003 -2010 he served as the Artistic Director and conductor for The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, a performance organization that he and his wife Mary founded.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jim graduated from the University of Mary (Bismarck, North Dakota) with a Bachelor of Science degree and the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music with a Master of Arts degree.

Mair has served on the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho, the International Music Camp and the Charlie Parker Academy of the Arts. He has served as a staff writer for the SAXOPHONE JOURNAL and was the host of "Table Down Front" a jazz radio show that aired across the northwestern United States on NPR. For the past 19 years Jim has been an artist/clinician for the Selmer Musical Instrument Company.  As currently serves as the state Jazz Education specialist for the Kansas Music Educators Association and is on the Advisory Board for the Metheny Family Foundation, the Ahmad Alaadeen Foundation and Kansas City Youth Jazz

As a saxophonist, bandleader and educator his groups have performed in New York City at Birdland, Showman’s Café, Carnegie Hall and the JVC Jazz Festival. Additional appearances and invitations include Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland the Hawaii Jazz Festival, The Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival and the Morocco Jazz Fest

He has released six compact discs, which have garnered critical acclaim earning him positive reviews in DOWN BEAT, JAZZ TIMES, CODA and JAM magazines.

In 1986 Jim appeared in Down Beat magazine's Audition section as a young musician deserving wider recognition. In 1991 he was voted Best Saxophonist by the readers of JAM. He has been profiled on the covers of the December 1991 and April 2004 issue of JAM, the June 2000 issue of the SAXOPHONE JOURNAL and the April 2004 issue of Kansas City's ART magazine. His biography also appears in the Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians compiled by Louis Porter.

Jim is a two-time Fellowship recipient to the Aspen Music Festival. In 1995, the University of Mary selected Jim as Alumnus of the Year. In 1997, he was a finalist for The Idaho Governor's Award. In 1998, Jim and his wife Mary were named Persons of the Year by the Twin Falls, Idaho Chamber of Commerce. Jim was inducted into the 2002 edition of Who's Who of American teachers.

Jim is also a regularly featured artist in the annual Jazz Carol Fest programs every first Sunday of December at Community Christian Church.

Horace Washington is a multi-instrumentalist band leader and veteran of the Kansas City jazz scene. He is an accomplished musician on the soprano, alto, baritone and tenor saxophones; flute, alto flute & fife.

Says Bill Brownlee of Plastic Sax: “In the '80s, it was not uncommon to find throngs of people- many of them in their twenties- listening to jazz acts including Kevin Mahogany, The City Light Orchestra, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Priscilla Bowman, Sonny Kenner, B.C.R., Ronnell Bright and The Scamps at any one of over a dozen jazz-oriented nightclubs in Kansas City. Another of the most popular acts at the time was Horace Washington. Washington specialized in audience-pleasing melodic jazz in the vein of Stanley Turrentine and Grover Washington, Jr. ...his sound was [even] danceable, [and] it had plenty of substance....”

Stan Kessler is a Trumpet/Flugelhorn player, band leader, clinician, and educator in the Kansas City area. He also does extensive writing and arranging for small groups. Stan also plays drums and hand percussion.

Stan is currently leading The Sons of Brasil (22 years) , The Stan Kessler Quartet/Trio/Duo (17 years), Stan Kessler's TV(5 years) , HoraceScope(3 years) and The Uncertainty Principle(2) and Parallax (1). He maintains adjunct positions at The University of Missouri at Kansas City and Missouri Western State College in jazz trumpet, theory and improvisation, and music business classes.

From 1968 to 1970, Stan was principal trumpet in the K.C. Youth Symphony. In 1970, Stan was awarded first chair all- state trumpet in Kansas. He attended Kansas University and Wichita State University from 1970 to 1972.

For the last 33 years, Stan has been a member of every kind of group imaginable. He has led such bands as Stan Kessler and the Flat Five, Eightball, and Baby Leroy. His expertise includes jazz, R&B, funk, and all Latin genres, especially Brasilian and Afro-Ccuban.    

In 1980, Stan was assistant director of the jazz ensemble and combo instructor at UMKC. Among his many awards, Stan has received acclaim through the Pitch Reader Awards as as Best Jazz Band(1998)

Best Latin Band/ The Sons of Brasil (2006), and Best Jazz Player(2007). He has appeared in concert with Clark Terry, Paquito D'Rivera, Gary Foster, Karrin Allyson, Steve Cardenas, Kevin Mahogany, Bobby Watson, John Clayton, Kim Park, Joe Cartwright and many others.

Stan has also been a regularly featured artist in the annual Jazz Carol Fest programs in December at Community Christian Church, Kansas City, Missouri.