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A Different Drummer
May 5, 2011
Feature article on local drummer and instructor Brandon Draper, who describes his father's musical influence as well as his career. Draper currently teaches at Shawnee Mission West High School and Kansas...
All That Jazz
January 26, 2002
Photograph of Warren Durrett and his orchestra at the Pla-Mor, ca1950. Vocalist appears to be Marilyn Maye. Mr. Durrett recently donated to the American Jazz Museum memorabilia from his long career. Items...
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...
Bassist Milt Abel, a Key Player in KC Jazz, Dies at 77
February 6, 2006
Local jazz bass player Milt Abel died February 3, 2006, at age 77. He and his first wife, Bettye Miller, performed for many years at the Horseshoe Lounge on Troost Avenue near East Linwood Boulevard. She...
Biography of Andy Kirk (1898-1992), Bandleader
Biography of Milton Morris (1911-1983), Nightclub Owner
Black House Improvisers' Collective
Article on the 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...
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.
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams 1908-2004, 'He Lived For His Music'
April 26, 2004
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, local jazz musician, died April 25, 2004, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a jazz violinist for more than 75 years, attaining global acclaim. At the...
File containing photos and articles from various newspapers about Count Basie (1904-1984), a prominent African American jazz figure starting his career in Kansas City. His last appearance in Kansas City...
Harvey Rettberg Papers Finding Aid
ca1950s-1990s, [bulk 1960s-70s]
Collection of correspondence, publications, photographs, newspaper clippings (including obituaries), etc., belonging to Harvey Rettberg, co-founder of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Fan Club. Includes information...
In Praise of Those Who Spread the Word
Alphabetical list of 33 individuals credited with "spreading the word" about Kansas City jazz on the national and international stage.
Jazz Musician Makes Most of Legacy
September 22, 1999
This "City Beat" column written by Steve Penn features local jazz musician Ben Kynard. Kynard made his mark in the 1940s and 1950s as an alto and tenor saxophone player as well as being a composer and...
Kansas City is Saxy, Part Three
Part three of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Doug Talley, Dennis Winslett, Mark Southerland, and Kerry Straye. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion...
Kansas City is Saxy, Part Two
Part two of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Dave Chael, Matt Carrillo, Rich Wheeler, and Charles Perkins. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion for...
Kansas City is Saxy: a Survey of Kansas City Saxphonists
Part one of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Mike White, Loren Pickford, Chris Burnett and Dan Thomas. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion for jazz...
KC-bred Pianist Russ Long Dies
January 3, 2007
Kansas City jazz pianist Russ Long died December 31, 2006, at the age of 67. "Long, born Russ Longstreth, was a much admired musician, singer and composer who worked in many of Kansas City's jazz clubs...
Musician with Area Roots Takes his Talent to Broadway
December 31, 2005
Ray Lisenby is a 1973 graduate of Raytown South High School and received his bachlor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. After teaching music at Belmont...
Obituary for Steven J. Patke
June 27, 2005
Obituary for Steven Joseph Patke, who died June 25, 2005 of pancreatic cancer at the age of 54. Patke was a well-known Kansas City jazz musician, playing sax, flute, and clarinet, and also served on the...
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