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Eric L Wesson
September 29-october 1...
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...
Amazing Feet: Jim Cosgrove Turns Silly Songs Into a Serious Career
July 30, 2006
Feature story highlighting the career of Jim Cosgrove, also known as Mr. Stinky Feet. He is a children's entertainer who dresses in a Hawaiian shirt, khaki pants/shorts, sandals, and a baseball hat. Cosgrove...
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...
Between Rock and a Good Place
January 29, 2012
Article profiles twelve women who are influencing the local music scene in various ways: Kristie Stremel, soloist and former member of Frogpond and Exit 159; Hearts of Darkness singers Brandy Gordon, Rachel...
Blues Family Joins Forces to Benefit Local Matriarch
March 19, 2004
A benefit concert is to be held on Friday, March 19, 2004, for local Blues singer, Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington who has sung the Blues locally for decades. Recent health problems and the need for...
Chauncey Downs Dies
July 1, 1966
Vertical file contains a photo and obituary for Reverend Chauncey Downs, "an associate pastor of the First Baptist church in Kansas City, Kas. and a former well-known band leader." He was a "former leader...
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...
DiDonato Brings It All Back Home to Kansas City
October 9, 2003
Article describes the career of Joyce DiDonato, a mezzo-soprano opera singer raised in Prairie Village, Kansas. The item was written in conjunction with DiDonato's October 9, 2003 performance in Kansas...
November 7, 2006
Article profiling "Kansas City's most successful rapper," Tech N9ne (born Aaron Dontez Yates). As an independent recording artist on Travis O'Guinn's Strange Music record label, Tech N9ne has produced...
He Taught Northeast to Dance
October 19, 2005
Dean Hughson in his "e-interviews" column features Eddie Oyer who for many years has been a music and dance teacher in the Northeast area. He also plays for the Budd Park Christian Church on Sundays and...
It's a Wonderful Life For KC Legend DiPardo
July 22, 2007
Tony DiPardo is featured in the Jason Whitlock sports commentary column. DiPardo will be 95 soon and a party is planned for him on August 26 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel. He and his band have...
It's His World
February 24-March 2, 2005
Profile of Kansas City lounge singer Al Lotta, house entertainer at the Cigar Box Bar, 1519 Grand Boulevard.
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...
December 30, 2004
Obituary for Joanne Johnson Baker who died December 27, 2004. She was a local musician and piano teacher and was on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music (UMKC) for 49 years. "Joanne chaired the prestigious...
KC Blues Performer Takes Own Life
January 11, 2006
Article describing the apparent suicide of Kansas City blues guitarist Lester "Wizard" King. King, an accomplished blues guitarist and performer, reportedly fired shots on the premises of Midwest Lighting...
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...
Martha Jo Seufert
December 22, 2004
Obituary for Martha Jo Seufert, co-owner of Ruth Seufert Celebrity Attractions and violinist for the Kansas City Symphony. Died December 20, 2004.
Mrs. Ethel L. Buxton: Former Concert Singer Is Dead
Nov. 3, 1968
Article with photo about the life and death of Ethel L. Buxton who died Nov. 2, 1968. She is remembered as the "daughter" of the 90th infantry division in Germany in World War I and as a concert singer...
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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