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Douglas Henry Daniels
Biography of Andy Kirk (1898-1992), Bandleader
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of William (Count) Basie (1904-1984), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), Jazz Great
Biography of Claude Williams (1908-2004), Musician
Biography of Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), Musician, Stride Piano pioneer.
Biography of Lester Willis Young (1909-1959), Tenor Saxophonist
Biography of L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (1913-1999), Dancer and Musician
Local Music and Musicians
A 2 volume collection of photocopied newspaper articles and other ephemera detailing the activities of various musical performers and groups in the Kansas City metropolitan area. The material focuses on...
The Jazz Ambassadors at 33-1/3 (Years, That Is!)
A brief history of the Jazz Ambassadors and its growth as an offshoot of the Jazz Commission. Mentioned are the origins of the Jazz Pub Crawl and the 1986 start of JAM (Jazz Ambassadors Magazine).
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
History of Jazz
A comprehensive paper (written by Gordon Stevenson) on the history of jazz in the Kansas City and surrounding areas from its origins in the late 19th century to its decline after the Pendergast era around...
Sustainability Summit: A Kansas City Jazz Roundtable
A roundtable of local musicians discuss the state of jazz in Kansas City and sustainability for the future - specifically the ability of musicians to make a living, as well as keeping audiences interested...
KC Jazz, NY Style
September 18, 2005
A three-night festival devoted to Kansas City jazz opens September 22 at New York's Lincoln Center. Part of the "Jazz at Lincoln Center" series, the festival was the brain child of Wynton Marsalis. Bram...
Musical Quartet and Singers
African-American quartet playing music with a group of men singing.
In Praise of Those Who Spread the Word
Alphabetical list of 33 individuals credited with "spreading the word" about Kansas City jazz on the national and international stage.
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...
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...
Services for Myra Taylor Saturday
December 16-22, 2011
Article about jazz vocalist Myra Taylor who died December 9, 2011, at the age of 94. Taylor had performed in Kansas City nightclubs in the 18th and Vine district during the 1930s.
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