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Mair, Jim (James Christopher)

Mair, Jim (James Christopher), soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist, percussionist, singer, teacher; b. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 22 May 1966.

He went to high school at Silver Heights Collegiate Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1984. Mair graduated from the University of Mary (Bismarck, North Dakota) with a Bachelor of Science degree (1988) and the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory of Music with a Master of Arts degree (1990). He did addition studies at the Banff Summer School of Fine Arts 1988 and at the Aspen Music Festival 1989. He's studied with Loran Eckroth, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND 1984-1988, Scott Prebys, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND 1984-1988, Tim Timmons University of Missouri at Kansas City 1988-1990, and Gary Foster University of Missouri at Kansas City 1988-1990. Jim has served on the faculty at the College of Southern Idaho, the International Music Camp, and the Charlie Parker Academy of the Arts. In addition, he serves as a staff writer for the Saxophone Journal and as an artist/clinician for the Selmer Instrument Company. Mair has conducted the North Dakota, South Dakota and Idaho All-State Jazz Ensembles and the Kansas City All District Jazz Band. His performance credits include appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Carnegie Recital hall, Birdland and Showman's Cafe in New York City and the Duchin Room in Sun Valley, Idaho. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Kansas City Kansas (sic) Community College, Artistic Director of The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra and Artist/Clinician for the Conn-Selmer Musical Instrument Company.

His wife is Mary Shannon Mair and his children are Amanda Brady Mair and Jameson Mair.

8th & Central (1991); Hip Soul (1995); Live on the Plaza (1995); Here's To The People (2003)
As sideperson:
Lisa Henry: Straight No Chaser (1991); Tim Whitmer: Humorous Intentions (1992); Concepts Jazz: Chad's Dad (1997); Tim Whitmer: Kansas City Standard Time (2002) Radio broadcasts:
Guest on Micheal Feldman's Whada Ya Know NPR  April, 1993
Jazz Host of Table Down Front KBSU Radio Network Boise, Idaho 1995-1999

DOWN BEAT    auditions section June 1986
JAM magazine Readers Poll winner Best Saxophonist 1991
JAM magazine cover story December 1991
SAXOPHONE JOURNAL cover story June 2000
JAM magazine cover story April 2004
Kansas City Art Magazine cover story May 2004
Works by Mair:
Saxophone Journal 1992-1999 reviewer of new recordings

Full fellowship recipient Aspen Music Festival 1989, 1990
Alumni of the Year University of Mary 1995
Person of the Year Twin Falls Idaho Chamber of Commerce 1998
Who's Who of American Teachers 2002

Helen S. Boylan Foundation $8000 to start a summer jazz camp     2002
Helen S. Boylan Foundation  $16800 to make a new recording    2003

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