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Bill McKemy

Adjunct Instructor
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
Degrees & Certifications
Truman State University, Bachelor of Music
University of Central Missouri, Master of Arts
Academic History


B.M. Tuba Performance, Truman State University

M.A. Music History Concentration, University of Central Missouri

Master’s Thesis

N. Clark Smith and Milestones of a Race, excerpt published in Jazz Ambassador Magazine.
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Discography (as leader/composer)

Duende, 2003

Om Nidrah, 2004 (featuring Tom Morgan)

Perfumed Nightmare (Improvisor’s Collective) - Underpass, 2008

Meditations (with People’s Liberation Big Band), 2010

Selected Discography (as sideman)

B.J. Allen, Heart of Stone, 1992

Malachy Papers, Demons, 2000 (featuring Matt Chamberlain, Brad Houser, Mike Dillon)

Brian Baggett, Trio 2012, 2012

Mark Southerland, Snuff Family Farm, 2017 (featuring Brian Haas)

Service Interests/Activities


John Abercrombie, Randy Brecker, Sam Newsome, Ray Anderson, Pablo Batista, Foto Rodrigues y Su Orchesta Unica, Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Luqman Hamza, Ahmed Aladeen, Jo Ann Daugherty, Khan Jamal, Karrin Allyson

Career Accomplishments

American Jazz Museum - Director of Jazz Studies. While at the AJM founded the Kansas City Jazz Academy, a free Saturday program that offered weekly Orff general general music classes for pre-school and elementary ages and instruction in jazz style and improvisation for junior high and high school age students in small group settings. Launched the Jazz Speaker Series that featured leading voices in jazz scholarship including Ted Gioia, Scott DeVeaux, Tammy Kernodle, Ron McCurdy, Karen Chilton. Authored workshop Jay’s Riffs - A Riff Blues Workshop (curated and presented with the blessing of the Jay McShann family). Music booking/production of The Jay McShann Centennial Concert featuring Benny Green and Bobby Watson.  

University of Missouri Kansas City - Jazz Friends Board of Directors, 18th & Vine Liaison.

Metropolitan Jazz Workshop - Combo and Rhythm Section Clinician

Ottawa University - Adjunct Instructor of Jazz Double Bass, Electric Bass, Tuba, Jazz Combo.  Taught Jazz in America simultaneously as 100/300 level course.