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Black House Improvisers' Collective
Article on 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 with...
Article spotlights the career of jazz trombonist, pianist, and composer Bob Brookmeyer. In 2006, Brookmeyer received the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Award--the "nation's highest...
December 2011/January 2012
Article profiles Clarence Smith, musical director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz (KCYJ) program. Smith continues the work of Leon and Linda Brady, who started KCYJ in 2001. Smith previously served as director...
Danny Embrey + Rod Fleeman: A JAM Q&A
Interview with jazz guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, who have been part of the Kansas City music scene since the 1970s. They discuss their musical influences, careers and contemporaries, and reminisce...
Interview with Kansas City cornetist Gary Sivils. The conversation focus on Sivils' 40+-year career and his early interest in music. He also discusses several of his musical contemporaries including Pat...
Jim Mair and His KC Jazz Orchestra
Article profiling saxophonist/educator Jim Mair. In 1991, when he often played at the Phoenix, Jazz Ambassador Magazine voted Mair the top saxophoinist in Kansas City. Mair left the area to teach at the...
Joe Cartwright: Presenting the Best of Kansas City Jazz
Article profiling Kansas City jazz pianist Joe Cartwright and "his baby," the Fairmont Sunday Best of Kansas City Jazz series.
Kansas City Has Been Diverse-fied
Article profiles a young, up and coming Kansas City jazz band called "Diverse." The five members studied under Professor Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri--Kansas City Conservatory and include...
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's New Young Lions: Ready to Keep Kansas City on the Jazz Map, Part II
Article profiles four young Kansas City jazz musicians: Seth Lee (bass), Harold O'Neal (piano), Matt Hopper (guitar), Ryan Howard (piano/organ).
Interview with singer Karrin Allyson, who looks upon Kansas City as “most definitely my jazz musical home.” Allyson discusses her music background, her holiday album, what goes into choosing her repertoire,...
Leon Brady's Kansas City Youth Jazz Band
December 2006-January 2007
Interview with jazz educator Leon Brady, long-time leader of the Kansas City Youth Jazz Band.
Article spotlights the entertainment career of Lonnie McFadden, a dancer, singer, and trumpet player. McFadden toured with R&B bands as a teenager before forming Lonnie and the Band with his brother Ronald,...
Musical Aliens Find Each Other in Kansas City
Article spotlights the careers of two Kansas City jazz musicians, Mike Ning and Victor Perelmuter and tells the story of how they found their way to Kansas City. Ning, a pianist, was born in China but...
Q & A: JAM Talks with Ahmad Alaadeen
November 1, 2006
Interview with Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen. Includes details of his youth attending R. T. Coles, musicians with whom he has played, and his opinions and theories about jazz in general.
Roger Wilder: A Nice Guy Finds a Nice Place
Article profiles jazz pianist Roger Wilder, a native of Rochester and Ossining, New York, who relocated to Kansas City in 2000. Wilder performs regularly at Jardine's and the Drum Room and is also an adjunct...
Scott Robinson, Fulfilling the Promise
Profile with Kansas City drummer Scott Robinson, including extensive interview material. After stints playing jazz in New York and orchestra percussion in Philadelphia, 2005 sees him playing drums behind...
Stan Kessler: Glad to Be in Kansas City
Profile of Stan Kessler, Kansas City jazz musician, educator, and member of the noted area band, the Sons of Brazil.
Steve Rigazzi: A Jam Q&A
An interview with local bassist Steve Rigazzi. A native of Oklahoma, Rigazzi came from a musical family and later learned to play the string bass while performing with a military band. Some of the topics...
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