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''Coots'' Dye, 1912-1998
Obituary for Elbert James "Coots" Dye, a Kansas City jazz pianist. Dye moved to Kansas City in the 1930's, and later received the Kansas City Jazz Heritage Award.
''Rupe'': Wayne Ruppenthal
Article describing the life and career of trumpeter Wayne Ruppenthal. Ruppenthal, a native of Russell, Kansas, began taking cornet lessons at age 13 from "Mr. Deines", a former member of the Coon-Sanders...
'Bird and the Architects of Tomorrow
Article describes an effort by the steering committee of the Kaw valley Arts Council and a group of University of Kansas Architecture students to create a Charlie Parker Memorial Park in Kansas City, Kansas....
'Bird's Return to the Vine
Article previews the unveiling of the sculpture and tomb of Charlie "Bird" Parker at 17th and the Paseo in the historic 18th and Vine district. The monument to Parker, designed by artist Robert Graham,...
A Proven Legend . . . and a Promising Newcomer
Article describes the life and career of Jay McShann on the occasion of a December 13, 2003 performance at the Folly Theater. McShann was born on January 12, 1916; he came to kansas City from Muskogee,...
A Raucous and Wild Ride Back in Time
Article describes the 2005 publication of Kansas City Jazz from Ragtime to Bebop--A History, by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix (Oxford University Press). Includes interview material and biographical information...
A Real French Connection
Article describes a 1997 performance of Karrin Allyson at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club at the Hotel Meridien Etoile, Paris. Allyson's "near-native pronunciation of French lyrics coupled with soulful renditions...
Arch Martin, 1931-2009
Tribute to recently deceased Kansas City trombonist, Arch Martin. The author reminisces about Martin's career and his role as a mentor to other jazz musicians.
Arthur A. Jackson Sr.
March 1, 2007
Obituary for Art Jackson, who died November 19, 2006. At the time of his death, Jackson was the oldest continuous member of the Scamps, and during his career he also played with Jay McShann, Gene Krupa,...
Bird' Grave--Tenor and All
Brief item calling for the replacement of Charlie "Bird" Parker's headstone in Lincoln Cemetery in Kansas City. According to the author, the headstone "embarrasses our city" by displaying a tenor saxophone...
Black House Improvisers' Collective
Article on the Black House Improvisers' Collective (BHIC), an organization that provides resources and support for local musicians. The program was started by saxophonist Hunter Long in conjunction with...
Bob Brookmeyer: KC Roots/UMKC Connection
Article describes the life and career of jazz musician and Kansas City native Bob Brookmeyer. Brookmeyer, "a performer of enormous stature for more than 4 decades," graduated from Paseo High School in...
Article spotlights the career of jazz trombonist, pianist, and composer Bob Brookmeyer. In 2006, Brookmeyer received the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Award--the "nation's highest...
Celebrating Kansas City's Rich Jazz Heritage
Articles consists of an alphabetical list and accompanying biographical note about 47 internationally recognized jazz musicians with strong ties to Kansas City.
Article spotlights the career of pianist Charles Williams. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams grew up in a musical family and learned to play several instruments at a young age. He identifies his...
Chasin' the Bird
Book review of Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker, by Brian Priestly (Oxford University Press, 2006). Article includes a brief overview of Parker's links to Kansas City and highlights...
December 2011/January 2012
Article profiles Clarence Smith, musical director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz (KCYJ) program. Smith continues the work of Leon and Linda Brady, who started KCYJ in 2001. Smith previously served as director...
Brief article describing the life and musical career of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, first played the mandolin, banjo and cello, before he switched to violin...
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams
Obituary for Claude "Fiddler" Williams, who died in Kansas City April 25, 2004 at the age of 96. Williams last performace was at the Club at Plaza III in December, 2003.
Claude Williams Celebrates 89 in the Nest
Article describes the February, 1997 birthday of Claude "Fiddler" Williams (his 89th), which Williams celebrated in Washington, D.C. by playing 5 gigs in two days. Williams' performances included 3 at...
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