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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...
A Pianist with a Passion
April 29, 2010
Obituary for Kansas City jazz pianist and piano tuner Byron Floyd "Pete" Eye (77). His band, the Pete Eye Trio, played regular shows at the Carriage Club for 20 years. In 1992, Eye was honored as an Elder...
A Smart Decision for Widow of the 'Fiddler'
September 28, 2010
Article reports on a display case at the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City showcasing memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams'...
A Very Deserving Music Star
May 13, 2006
Marilyn Maye will receive a Lifetime Achivement Award May 20 at the Coda Jazz Fund Benefit Concert. Leon Brady will also receive an award.
All That Jazz--On Film In KC
June 16, 2006
Located at the American Jazz Museum is a wonderful collection called the John Baker Film Collection. This collection contains about 700 hours of film. "Some of the holdings are full-length features, some...
Allyson Teases KC with Talent
November 17, 2004
Review of performance of jazz singer Karrin Allyson, formerly of Kansas City, on November 15 at Jardine's.
December 1-7, 2006
Obituary for Kansas City jazz musician Arthur Jackson. Jackson attended Douglass and Attucks Elementary Schools, Lincoln High School, and R. T. Coles Vocational School. He played the clarinet, tenor sax,...
Back Home in KC, a Jazz Legend Gets the Recognition He's Due
October 18, 2008
Two Kansas City jazz musicians, Luqman Hamza and Curtis Fuller, received the American Jazz Museum's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) is a singer and pianist who...
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...
Beatin' the Heat
May 20-26, 2004
Article describes the author's visit to the Mutual Musicians Foundation, at 1823 Highland. In 2004, the building is host to all night jam sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.
Beloved KC Sax Man Dies of Cancer
August 3, 2013
Brief article in tribute to Kerry Strayer, Kansas City baritone saxophone player and staple of the jazz music scene. The author states that Strayer was 56 at the time of his death from cancer on August...
Brothers' Paths All Lead to Jazz
May 14, 2002
Article contrasts brothers Pat and Mike Metheny and their different career paths in jazz. Mike returned to Kansas City where he is editor of JAM magazine. Pat is a jazz guitarist who travels all over the...
Celebrating the History of 18th and Vine
September 7-13, 2007
Series of three articles about the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District: 1) "Nightlife in District Meant a Good Time at Region's Best Clubs;" 2) "Mutual Musicians Still Making Noise;" and 3) "Charlie Parker's...
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...
May 2, 2004
Feature story on the Coda Jazz Fund and the help they provide for funeral arrangements for local jazz musicians who don't have enough of their own money for burial. Features the upcoming 2004 benefit concert...
Friends, Family Remember Jazz Singer
March 20, 2004
Article describes the life and career of Kansas City jazz vocalist Rosetta Robinson, who died Tuesday, March 16th, 2004 of a brain aneurysm.
File containing a biographical article about Fritz Swischer, a jazz clarinetist (formerly with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra), composer and writer. Native of Wichita, Kansas in the 1970s "working...
From Pawnshop to Auction Block, this Sax is King
February 20, 2005
Article concerns the auctioning off of Charlie Parker's King Super 20 alto saxophone.
Harold Ashby, Former KC Jazz Player, Dies At 78
June 18, 2003
Newspaper article concerning the death of Harold Ashby, a Kansas City born jazz saxophonist who played with Duke Ellington's orchestra. He grew up in Kansas City attending R.T. Coles School and Lincoln...
Jazz Broke the Color Barrier, Musicians Say
Donald Parsons and Arch Martin recall the Kansas City jazz scene and how it did not include segregation between blacks and whites. They recalled how what mattered was rather or not you could play well....
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