Stan Kessler, Hermon Mehari and Mike Metheny are established members of the current Kansas City jazz scene. And as trumpeters they represent unique yet compatible styles.
Stan Kessler has been one of KC’s most prominent performers, bandleaders and educators since the 1970s. His tenure with the popular group "Sons of Brasil" is now in its 22nd year, and he has been voted "Best Horn Player" in numerous area polls. Stan and Mike go back to their student days in the Kansas City Youth Symphony.
Hermon Mehari, still in his 20s, represents with distinction the future of jazz, both in Kansas City and beyond. "Diverse" is his primary band and in 2008 he was the winner of the National Trumpet Competition Jazz Division. Hermon can be heard on the self-titled Diverse CD as well as with various jazz groups throughout the Midwest.
Mike Metheny has been a performer, music journalist and educator in his hometown of Kansas City since returning in 1992 after 13 years in Boston, six of those as an instructor at Berklee. From 1994 to 2003 Mike was the editor of JAM, Kansas City’s Jazz Ambassador Magazine, and since 1982 he has released ten solo albums.
A first-rate KC-based rhythm section is onboard for this special "Trumpet Summit" and it too spans different generations. Pianist T.J. Martley and drummer Brian Steever, also in their 20s, are taking the music forward with skill and fresh inspiration. And bassist/KC jazz veteran Gerald Spaits has performed with just about anyone you can name, including Marilyn Maye, Jay McShann and Claude "Fiddler" Williams.
"This recording was inspired by a ‘Trumpet Summit’ gig at 18th & Vine’s Blue Room in October of 2012," says Mike Metheny, who also produced this CD. "It was such a positive experience that we just had to get the group into the studio."
"It is a pleasure to be associated with such outstanding talent," Mike adds. "And as the old-timer in this band, it keeps me practicing."