Recordings Bio


Kerry Strayer was born and raised in Fairbury, Nebraska and attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska where he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1982 he moved to Kansas City to study saxophone with Professor Tim Timmons at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, earning a Master of Music degree in Saxophone Performance in 1985. Since that time Kerry has been active as a saxophonist, recording artist, bandleader, composer, arranger, adjudicator and private instructor. He currently leads several performing groups and teaches privately from his home.

In 2010, Kerry was appointed Artistic Director/Conductor of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, after serving as the group's baritone saxophonist since its inception in 2003. From 1996-2009 he was the Music Director for the Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Kerry also performs several times a year with the Kansas City Symphony Pops Series. Kerry has released seven recordings including two critically acclaimed recordings with his septet, Jeru Blue featuring Randy Brecker and Mentor with Gary Foster. His latest releases are Play It Where It Lays, with his quartet featuring Gary Foster and In a Mellotone, with his trio and quartet. Kerry released a recording with his 17-piece big band in 2006 of music he wrote for the Plaza Lighting Ceremony, Christmas in Kansas City: Music From the Plaza Lighting Ceremony.

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