He is currently leading The Sons of Brasil (14 yrs.) , The Stan Kessler Quartet (12yrs.), Stan Kessler’s TV, HoraceScope and Stan Kessler and the Sons Of Brasil . 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 Stan Kessler and the Sons Of Brasil 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…
Greg whitfield — electric bass. Greg is one of the most sought-after bass players in the area because of his uncanny harmonic sense and his rock-steady, perfect feel. He is also a true scholar of contemporary Brazilian music. Whether it is Samba, MPB, Bossa Nova, or Partido Alto, Greg has it covered.
Doug Auwarter — drums. Doug is the Brazilian heartbeat of the band. He admired the Bossa Nova in the 60’s, loved Sergio Mendes in the 70’s, and completely lost himself to all forms of Brazilian music and culture in the 80’s. After learning to speak Portuguese, he began his annual pilgrimages to Rio de Janeiro, where he fulfills his fantasies of playing with the finest musicians in that marvelous city.
Gary Helm — percussion. Gary’s instinct and intuition for finding the perfect sound and feel has made him legendary in the region. He is knowledgeable about all kinds of music from Cuba, Brazil, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. Reviews of performances always cite his hand-in-glove work with Doug Auwarter, an essential quality of a world-class rhythm section.
Roger Wilder — keyboards. A native of Rochester, New York, Roger has played with such nazznotables as Stanley Turrentine, Randy Brecker, Adam Nussbaum and Chris Potter. Since settling in Overland Park with his family, he can frequently be seen performing with Angela Hagenbach, the Boulevard Big Band and the Westport Art Ensemble. Whether playing bossa nova or samba, Roger demonstrates impeccable taste and style. His ability to evoke a touch of Jobim is uncanny.