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.
He is currently leading The Sons of Brasil (14 yrs.) , The Stan Kessler Quartet (12yrs.), Stan Kessler's TV, HoraceScope and The Uncertainty Principle . 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.
For the last 33 years, Stan has been a member of every kind of group you could imagine. He has lead 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-cuban. Stan has recorded with Karrin Allyson, Max Groove, Musa Nova, Trilogy Big Band, Kansas City Spirit Orchestra, The Sons of Brasil, and Angela Hagenbach among others...
In 1980, Stan was assistant director of the jazz ensemble and combo instructor at UMKC. He was voted best trumpet player and leader of the best jazz band (SOBs) in KC by the Pitch readers poll. He has appeared in concert with Clark Terry, Paquito D'Rivera, Ernie Watts, Gary Foster, Karrin Allyson, Kevin Mahogany, Bobby Watson, John Clayton, Kim Park, and many others.

 

In Kansas City, there is a popular jazz group that has performed every week since their inception in 1991. This would not be so remarkable, as Kansas City is renowned for its tradition of great jazz since the days of Count Basie and Charlie Parker. What is remarkable, is that this group of native Kansas Citians plays nothing but Brazilian jazz, with a flavor and passion one might think could only be found at a night club in Ipanema or Leblon.

tan Kessler — trumpet and flugelhorn. Stan has been a major figure on the jazz scene in Kansas City for many years and was voted “outstanding overall musician,” by JAM magazine, the publication of the Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors. His playing is intensely lyrical, which is so important to this music. Stan is the founder of The Sons of Brasil.

Danny Embrey — guitar. Besides sharing the stage with jazz notables from coast to coast, Danny played for seven years with Sergio Mendes. He brings wonderful style and understanding of this music to the band.

Greg whitfield — electric bass. Greg is one of the most sought-after bass players in the area because of his uncanny harmonic sense and his rock-steady, perfect feel. He is also a true scholar of contemporary Brazilian music. Whether it is Samba, MPB, Bossa Nova, or Partido Alto, Greg has it covered.

Doug Auwarter — drums. Doug is the Brazilian heartbeat of the band. He admired the Bossa Nova in the 60's, loved Sergio Mendes in the 70’s, and completely lost himself to all forms of Brazilian music and culture in the 80’s. After learning to speak Portuguese, he began his annual pilgrimages to Rio de Janeiro, where he fulfills his fantasies of playing with the finest musicians in that marvelous city.

 

Gary Helm — percussion. Gary's instinct and intuition for finding the perfect sound and feel has made him legendary in the region. He is knowledgeable about all kinds of music from Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. Reviews of performances always cite his hand-in-glove work with Doug Auwarter, an essential quality of a world-class rhythm section.

Roger Wilder — keyboards. A native of Rochester, New York, Roger has played with such nazznotables as Stanley Turrentine, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum and Chris Potter. Since settling in Overland Park with his family, he can frequently be seen performing with Angela Hagenbach, the Boulevard Big Band and the Westport Art Ensemble. Whether playing bossa nova or samba, Roger demonstrates impeccable taste and style. His ability to evoke a touch of Jobim is uncanny.