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.
Stan currently maintains an adjunct position at The University of Missouri at Kansas City, teaches privately and does clinics, master classes and adjudicates at Jazz festivals.