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Alleluia Chorus: Critics Sing the Praises of the Kansas City Chorale
File containing photos and an article about the Kansas City Chorale, formed by Jonathan Griffith in 1981 as a nonprofit organization and conducted in 1999 by Charles Bruffy.
Band's Tune Carries On for 30 Years
File containing photos and a biographical article about the Kansas City popular music group Bloodstone, performers of the 1970s song "Natural High" (written by band leader Charles McCormick) after forming...
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...
Deaths: Richard J. Smith
Photo and obituary for Richard Smith, or Rick Smith, "65, of 2944 Lockridge," a "Kansas City musician, composer, music teacher and executive assistant to the president of the American Federation of Musicians...
Don Accurso Orchestra Keeps 'Music of the '40s' Alive
January 30, 2008
At 81, Don Accurso still leads the orchestra he took over in 1947, as well as selling real estate. Article describes the band's music and includes a list of its members.
Eddie Baker; Advocate for KC Jazz, Dies at 71
Photo and obituary for Eddie Baker, "a bandleader whose longtime advocacy for a jazz hall of fame preceded the American Jazz Museum at 18th and Vine streets" dying at the age of 71. Native of Pleasant...
Electric Park Opens To-Day: Two Concerts by Liberati's Military Band Will Be Features
May 28, 2005
Portrait and short article about Allesandro Liberati, military bandleader and trumpet player appearing at the opening of "Electric park's sixth season." Also "the composer of the famous 'Kansas City Star...
Fiermon Prymus, Bandleader, Dies
October 30, 2000
File containing a photo and obituary for Fiermon Prymus, "a bandleader, drummer and singer who started as a gospel singer in the 1920s and went on to become a fixture in Kansas City's jazz scene" dying...
George Lee, Famed Bandleader, Dies in Los Angeles, California
File containing a photo and obituary for George Lee, "famed Kansas City musician and bandleader" dying at the age of 63 in 1958. Brother of Kansas City pianist Julia Lee becoming a rival (as leader of...
Obituary for George Winn, leader of the Storyville Seven Dixieland band, dying on December 15, 1969.
Going Out: Pete Eye Trio Blends Commercial Sounds and Clean Jazz Beat
File containing a photo and biographical article about the Pete Eye Trio, a jazz band performing regularly in 1978 at "Captain Jeremiah Tuttle's (at the Ramada Inn on Interstate 435 and 87th)."
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...
Jazz Mentors on the Horizon
February 3, 2011
Bobby Watson reunites his band Horizon for a concert and a chance to inspire area students interested in jazz. The musicians include Melton Mustafa, Edward Simon, Essiet Essiet, and Vincent Ector. The...
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...
P. S.: A Farewell to Oliver
Obituary and biographical about Oliver Cleo Todd, or Oliver Todd, a "[j]azz pioneer" and "old friend of Charlie Parker" dying at the age of 85 in 2001. Former "member of the Hottentots, a group that received...
The Chiefs Who Toot Their Own Horns
December 13, 2003
Article profiles the TD Pack Band, band of the Kansas City Chiefs. The band was started in 1962 by well-known bandleader Tony DiPardo. The Chiefs are one of only four NFL teams to have their own band.
The Last Season For DiPardo
December 9, 2008
Because of remodeling changes coming to Arrowhead Stadium, the TD Pack Band, originated by Tony DiPardo in 1963, will no longer be playing at Kansas City Chiefs home games. Their last appearance will be...
Tinoco is One of a Kind
September 29-October 12, 2005
Article profiles musician David Tinoco. As well as lead singer and leader of Las Estrellas band, Tinoco owns an automobile finishing business, Single Source Inc., and is part owner of T&G Entertainment...
Wilder at Heart
Photographs and article about the Wilders, a Kansas City bluegrass band. The band has been a centerpiece of the "venerable" Santa Fe Bluegrasss Festival in Bonner Springs, Kansas.
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