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1. A Chronology of the Warren Durrett Big Band in Kansas City, 1945-1986 A Chronology of the Warren Durrett Big Band in Kansas City, 1945-1986 n.d. A 314 page spiral bound booklet which features local big band leader Warren Durrett. It contains 13 chapters with content arranged in chronological order. Within the pages are photocopies of newspaper...

2. Biography of Andy Kirk (1898-1992), Bandleader Biography of Andy Kirk (1898-1992), Bandleader 2003

3. Clyde Hahn Scrapbooks and Other Material Finding Aid Clyde Hahn Scrapbooks and Other Material Finding Aid circa 1920s-1980s (bulk 1950s-1960s) Collection contains seven scrapbooks and other items compiled by Clyde Hahn, co-founder of the Coon-Sanders Original Nighthawks Club. Within the collection can be found photographs, correspondence, newspaper...

4. Hal Kemp Hal Kemp N.d. Portrait of band leader Hal Kemp.

5. Harry Richman Harry Richman N.d. Autographed publicity portrait of entertainer Harry Richman. Autograph reads: "To 'Joe Sanders' from your loving bass fiddle player, Harry Richman." Richman was a singer, actor, dancer, comedian, pianist,...

6. Jazzing it Up Jazzing it Up February 2008 The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra "is an 18-piece profesional big band, and it's run much like a symphony orchestra, with paid musicians and a season of concerts." Conductor Jim Mair hopes the band will become...

7. Kansas City Has Been Diverse-fied Kansas City Has Been Diverse-fied October/November 2009 Article profiles a young, up and coming Kansas City jazz band called "Diverse." The five members studied under Professor Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri--Kansas City Conservatory and include...

8. Once a Blue Devil Once a Blue Devil 2006 Chapter from the book One O'Clock Jump that describes the early life and career of William (Count) Basie. Basie was born in Red Bank, New Jersey in 1904, and in Harlem was introduced to the organ by Fats...

9. One O'Clock Jump One O'Clock Jump June 28, 1905 Chapter entitled "Basie," describing the height of fame achieved by Count Basie and his Orchestra during the late 1930's and '40's. During this era, the "Basie-ites" included Eddie Durham, Jimmy Rushing,...

10. SC1 Joe Sanders Collection Finding Aid SC1 Joe Sanders Collection Finding Aid ca. 1908-1950 (bulk 1920-1940) Joe Sanders was born in Thayer, Kansas, and spent the majority of his childhood in the Kansas City area. He started his musical performances as a boy soprano in local church choirs and graduated from Westport...

11. Skinnay Ennis Skinnay Ennis Circa 1930s Portrait of "Skinnay" Ennis, radio soloist and stylist, featured with the Hal Kemp Orchestra.

12. Ted Fiorito Ted Fiorito Circa 1930s Autographed, publicity portrait of Ted Fiorito, also written as Ted Fio Rito. Autograph reads: "To Joe--Master of the proffession and a real boy--Fraternally Ted Fiorito." Fiorito had has own orchestra...

13. Transition: Farewell to a Royal Jazzman Transition: Farewell to a Royal Jazzman May/7/1984 Photo and obituary for William Basie, or Count Basie (1904-1984), leader of "some of the most explosive big bands in jazz history." Native of New Jersey coming to Kansas City in 1927 as a pianist and joining...