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Biography of George E. Lee (1896-1958), Singer and Bandleader
Biography of Julia Lee (1902-1958), Singer and Pianist
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of Felix Payne (1884-1962), Businessman and Politician
Biography of Claude Williams (1908-2004), Musician
Biography of Lester Willis Young (1909-1959), Tenor Saxophonist
Biography of L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (1913-1999), Dancer and Musician
Biography of John A. Jones (1867-1937), Businessman and Barber
Musical Quartet and Singers
African-American quartet playing music with a group of men singing.
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;...
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
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...
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....
Five Decades Later, a Tribute Is Paid to Band Leader Moten
Article about the tribute ceremony to the late Bennie Moten (1894-1935), a native Kansas Citian and "a driving force in the Kansas City jazz scene of the 1930s" and "an important influence on other musicians,...
A Gold Mine
January 15-21, 2004
Article describes a local civil rights tour proposed by Kansas Citian Anita Dixon. The tour includes a stop at the Green Duck Lounge, where African American activist, and founder of Freedom Incorporated,...
John W. 'Blind' Boone Famous Missouri Pianist, Gained International Fame
March/6 - 12/1981
Article is a tribute to, and biographical sketch of, African American musician John Boone who played throughout the United States and Europe and also composed music.
Goals High for Kansas City's Most Heralded Rapper
August 27, 2008
Article profiles Kansas City rapper Tech N9ne whose album "Killer" has recently been released.
'Blind Boone': A Sensational Missourian Forgotten
April 1, 1961
Article with an brief general history of ragtime music, "the ancestor of all popular music," and a biographical sketch of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), a prominent black musician living...
Articles about the concert appearance of singer James Brown in Kansas City Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving night, 1966, with photos. Prior to the concert descriptions were given about his musical...
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...
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