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2024 Guest Clinicians

We are thrilled to present a phenomenal slate of guest clinicians to work with ensembles at the 2024 Kansas City Jazz Summit, starting with our featured guest clinician for the 2024 “Basically Basie” Jazz Heritage Competition, the great Lynn Seaton!

Lynn Seaton

Lynn Seaton

Bassist for the Count Basie Jazz Orchestra, 1985-1987
2024 Basically Basie Jazz Heritage Festival Featured Guest Clinician

Lynn Seaton is one of the finest jazz bassists in the world, appearing on over 125 albums, including the GRAMMY-winning Diane Schuur & the Count Basie Orchestra. In addition to his two-year stint with the Basie band, Seaton also has toured with Woody Herman and the Young Thundering Herd, Tony Bennett, George Shearing, Monty Alexander, and the Jeff Hamilton Trio. Seaton has released several critically-acclaimed recordings as a bandleader as well, and he is a Regents Professor in the Jazz Studies Division of the College of Music at the University of North Texas. For more information, visit www.lynnseaton.com.

Additional Clincians

Dr. Justin Binek

Internationally recognized singer, pianist, composer, arranger, clinician, and educator; co-author of Routledge's Experiencing Jazz textbook; Associate Professor of Music Theory and Jazz Studies at Kansas City Kansas Community College.

Julia Dollison


Accomplished jazz and contemporary vocalist and educator; soprano on Vertical Voices' two critically-acclaimed albums as well as her solo debut "Observatory," experienced studio singer with numerous film, tv, and commercial credits.

Dr. Jim Graves


Multifaceted signer, arranger, and educator; Director of Choral Activities at Southern Nazarene University, where ensembles have performed at the National ACDA Convention and the JEN Conference.

Jason Goudeau


Trombonist, arranger, composer, and educator with a 30-year performing career; member of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra's Riff Generation ensemble and trombone instructor at Kansas City Kansas community College.

Chris Hazelton


One of the premiere jazz organists in the midwest; bandleader of both the soul jazz ensemble Boogaloo 7 and the soul band Freedom Affair, having released five albums and two single LPs with those ensembles and his trio.

Dr. Ryan Heinlein


Chair of the Music, Theater, and Record Arts Department at Johnson County Community College; trombonist and active performer who has released four recordings of original music with The Project H; Conn-Selmer endorsing artist.

Brett Jackson

Director of Instrumental Music at Kansas City Kansas Community College; first-call saxophonist and woodwind specialist in Kansas City's thriving jazz and musical theatre scenes, with numerous album credits.

John Kizilarmut


Drummer, percussionist, composer, and arranger; drummer for the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and numerous other jazz ensembles in the Kansas City area; frequent performer and guest clincian at jazz and percussion festivals throughout the midwest.

Adam Larson


Saxophonist, composer, educator, and author who has recorded eight albums as a bandleader and maintains an active touring and clinician schedule; endorsed artist for P. Mauriat Saxophones, the Boston Sax Shop, and Key Leaves.

Kerry Marsh


Distinguished arranger and publisher with a focus on vocal jazz ensembles; director of Jazz Singers and Vocal Jazz Lab at the University of Kansas; tenor on Vertical Voices' two critically-acclaimed albums.

Nate Nall


Kansas City-based trumpeter, educator, and composer who has released two albums as a bandleader and performs regularly around Kansas City; active clinican, adjudicator, and guest artists at jazz festivals around the country.

John Stafford

Director of Choral Studies at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where his ensembles have performed at the National ACDA Convention, the JEN Conference, and the NAfME Conference; National Vocal Jazz Repertoire & Resources Chair for ACDA.

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