A modest man stands behind the spotlight as he lets the audience soak in the tasteful music. He gazes around the room, looks at his band members, smiles, and picks up his trumpet. The joy, passion, and free living spirit suddenly takes over the room as the three trumpet players begin to play in unity.
Mike Metheny, a musician, educator, and music journalist held a performance with his band, the Kansas City Trumpet Summit in the Blue Room near downtown Kansas City. Metheny and his two trumpeters, Stan Kessler and Hermon Mehari, filled the stage with excitement and enthusiasm that kept the crowd going all night. “Performing at the Blue Room is a pleasure,” said Metheny. “The crowds are hip and it’s a real listening room.”
The Kansas City Trumpet Summit has been together for almost a year now. Their first gig took place in the Blue Room October 2012. Since then, they have made their second appearance in the Blue Room and have been working on their new CD, which will be released this coming September at the Take Five jazz club in Leawood, KS. Expressing his appreciation for his band members, Metheny said, “They are very easy going. We are soul mates.”
Although Metheny articulates himself in music, his other career in journalism allows him the same opportunity. Over time, he has worked with KC Magazine, Jazziz, The DeCapo Jazz & Blues Lover Guide to the U.S, and was the former editor of the Kansas City’s Jazz Ambassador Magazine. Mike shared his passion for both careers. “They’re both creative activities where you get to put your own stamp on something” said Metheny.
As Metheny’s music career continues, he strives to get better every day. “It’s a non- stop challenge,” he said. “From start to finish. You never get it right, but you go in the next day to make it better.”
With the dedication and commitment Metheny has acquired throughout the years, he has been able to instill his love and talent for Jazz throughout his community. “Jazz is evolving,” said Metheny. “I want people to enjoy it and have a good time.”
About Jessica Lopez: Jessica is a Public Relations and Marketing Major at Kansas State University. She is currently serving as a marketing intern at the American Jazz Museum and does concert reviews,feature stories, and blog posts for their various sites.