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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The sounds of blues and jazz were floating through the air Saturday night at 18th and Vine.

The Jazz and Blues Festival featured 20 musicians, and one of the most important aspects of the event is training future musicians, like nine-year-old Charles Fisher. He's been playing trumpet since age four. He also plays the trombone, clarinet, drums and keyboard. His parents and grandparents are musicians too.

Charles is part of the “Young Jazz Masters Program.” That's where professional musicians are matched up with kids who are just learning to play.

Charles says he is inspired by the legends he has learned about at the American Jazz Museum.

"I was influenced by Marcellas, Gillespie, Miles Davis and Lee Morgan. All of those trumpeters have the sound of a real trumpeter. They really have that mellow tone that I like,” said Charles.

The “Young Jazz Masters" performed on the main stage of the jazz festival Saturday night.

Admission to the program was free.

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