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Jazz Appreciation Concert

Get Jazzed at 1890!
PCR-3 Band Director Joel Gordon along with PCFA, Events at 1890, and Michael Gaines present a FREE concert to celebration April as Jazz Appreciation Month
Join us at the beautiful new venue The Fields at 1890 for an amazing evening of this incredible music style. 

Tim Aubuchon, Director of Jazz Studies at Truman State U (tenor saxaphone)
Bill McKemy, Director of Jazz Studies Washburn University (bass)
Brian Steever, first call musician in Kansas City (drums)
Joel Gordon, PCR-3 Middle School Band Director (alto saxophone)

Refreshments courtesy of Constantino's Price Chopper


Born in Iowa, grown in Missouri, and sprouting throughout the Midwest, Joel Gordon is a cultivating saxophonist and music educator. Most recently, Joel recorded and released a full-length album, “Along Those Lines,” with the Kansas City-based Matt Cook Collective. As a saxophonist, Joel was selected as a resident of the 2014 David Liebman Saxophone Masterclass and was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2013 Naftzger Young Artist Competition. Joel studied jazz improvisation with Tim AuBuchon and Matt Otto and classical saxophone with Randall Smith and José Zayas-Cabán. Joel holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education (2015) and a Master of Arts in Education of Music (2016) from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Currently, Joel is the Director of Bands at Platte City Middle School. As well, Joel maintains an active private studio teaching jazz improvisation and classical saxophone. Joel lives in Platte City, MO with his wife, Megan.

Bill McKemy is a Kansas City based musician and composer who has performed or recorded across North America with a number of prominent figures on the contemporary jazz scene including: Grammy winners/nominees Randy Brecker, Karrin Allyson, Maceo Parker and John Abercrombie, Gold record award winner Pablo Batista and many others including Benny Green, Gregory Hutchinson, Sam Dockery, Khan Jamal, and Bobby Durham. McKemy has released three solo CDs which have enjoyed critical acclaim including the Kansas City Star’s Top Ten of 2002 (Duende), Pitch Weekly’s Best Local Jazz CD of 2003 (Om Nidrah) and a feature on NPR’s All Songs Considered. Current projects include the Shay Estes & Mark Lowrey Quartet and Mark Southerland’s Snuff Jazz. 

Saxophonist and composer Tim AuBuchon lived in the Chicago area for six years where he was an active performer and educator. His groups performed at such venues as the Velvet Lounge, the Empty Bottle, and the Chicago Cultural Center. He was selected to attend the David Liebman Saxophone Masterclass in 1997. He was a finalist in the 1998 North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Solo Competition. Professor AuBuchon received his master's degree from Northwestern University, where he was a graduate assistant in jazz. He received his bachelor of music degree in composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is an Associate Professor of Music, Jazz Studies at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO and has performed with Randy Brecker, John Abercrombie, and Tim Hagans, and numerous others. The debut CD of the Tim AuBuchon Quartet, Bluz fer Mo, received favorable reviews. Professor AuBuchon has also performed and recorded with Radio Improved, a collective jazz and improvised music group.

Brian Steever is a drummer on a mission to inject joy into every musical situation that he finds himself.  The drums have been his passion since he was born. He began his studies with Loyd Warden in Columbia Missouri and is an alumnus of UMKC where he was fortunate enough to study with Doug Auwarter, Brandon Draper, Curtis Lundy, Michael Carvin and Bobby Watson.  Brian enjoys many performance opportunities in the Kansas City area and beyond.  He can be seen around town with Mike Metheny, Matt Otto, Bob Bowman, Jeff Harshbarger, and Hermon Mehari.  Brian has also had opportunity to play with musicians from all over the world including Steve Cardenas, Ben Allison, Javon Jackson, Deborah Brown, Bob Sheppard, Jerry Dodgion, Tony Tixier, Shunzo Ohno, Frank Basile, Roger Rosenberg, and Sam Newsome among others.

Later Event: April 16
PCFA Board Meeting