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Ford, Susan Jezak
An Interview With Ahmad Ala-adeen
An interview with musician Ahmad Ala-adeen. Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded July 27, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc;...
An Interview With Carroll Jenkins
Interviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded September 14, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide...
Photos and information on Bettye Miller, an African American jazz pianist of Kansas City (starting in the 1950s) and native of Clinton, Missouri.
Biography of Claude Williams (1908-2004), Musician
Biography of Felix Payne (1884-1962), Businessman and Politician
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of John A. Jones (1867-1937), Businessman and Barber
Biography of L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (1913-1999), Dancer and Musician
Biography of Lester Willis Young (1909-1959), Tenor Saxophonist
Photos, illustrations, and information on Jay McShann, a jazz pianist born in Oklahoma about 1916 and coming to Kansas City in 1937, playing with several prominent jazz musicians and at many clubs, starting...
Jay McShann--A Kansas City Jazz Legend
Biographical article about Jay McShann, "[r]ecognized as one of the great blues and jazz musicians of the twentieth century," born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1916 and coming to Kansas City in 1937 as a...
Jazz Master Alaadeen Will Be Remembered by Many
August 20, 2010
Article about saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen who died August 15, 2010. A Kansas City native, Alaadeen was "considered among a group of second generation saxophonists" who were inspired by musicians like Charlie...
Kansas City's Billy Graham in Basie Orchestra
May 10, 1957
Vertical file contains a photo and biographical article about William Graham, or Billy Graham, a saxophone player with the Count Basie Orchestra playing in Kansas City in 1957. Billy was the son of the...
This book contains one page personal accounts of the lives of numerous women from the Kansas City metro area, as well as their photograph. Includes singer and actress Myra Taylor.
Night on the Town: Music Takes Big Leap from Roof
December 8, 1967
Biographical article about J. J. Douglas, a Kansas City jazz musician “who now performs with a trio at the Twelfth of Never, 3515 Troost Avenue.” Douglas recalls in the article his days of performing...
Play: Not Without Laughter
Chapter focuses on the music or club scene in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s. "Kansas City provided a setting for the grooming and maturation of some of the country's most important jazz voices". A...
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Icons, Dies
December 29, 2008
Article about the death of sculptor Robert Graham, at age 70, in Santa Monica Califoarnia. Graham was the creator of the 18-foot monument to Charlie Parker at 17th and Vine, near the American Jazz Museum....
Some Liked It Hot
Illustration and article about the 1930s jazz scene in Kansas City and its notable musicians and unique conditions facilitating its success"--corrupt politics--vice-ridden--boss ruled--wide open--as loud...
Sophisticated Lady of Jazz
September 10, 2011
Pearl Thuston Brown is the subject of the Tribute section of the Remembrances column. "Brown was a professional musician since 1951, a singer and piano player at Kansas City nightclubs who toured with...
Watkins Serves City With Love
January 11, 2002
Part of Steve Penn's Commentary column. He praises the Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel funeral home for assisting with buriels of jazz musicians in need as well as recently with the funeral of Precious...
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