Kerry Strayer (* 1956 in Fairbury , Nebraska ; † August 1st 2013  ) was an American baritone saxophonist (also flute ), composer , arranger and bandleader of mainstream jazz , which in the music scene of Kansas City , Missouri was active .
Strayer played flute at age ten. At age 16, convinced him the leader of the school band, baritone saxophone. After listening to the Gerry Mulligan / Paul Desmond album Two of a Mind he became interested in jazz. After attending college in Nebraska, he studied at the Conservatory of the University of Missouri-Kansas City . He worked from then on in Kansas City, played in local bands and went with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra ( Ghost band ) on tour. In 1991 he founded the septet New Kansas City 7 , for which he all arrangements wrote. His main job was teaching at the Johnson Community College. In 1998 his debut album, a tribute to Gerry Mulligan (Jeru Blue) at Palmetto (including with Randy Brecker ). The next album Speak Low seemed Frank Mantooth as a guest musician.
Strayer was also a founding member of the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra , a 2003 geschaffenden Big Band , and in 2010 he became its artistic director and conductor.  Strayer was involved from 1984 to 2005 at seven recording sessions.