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Woody Herman's Clarinet at Jazz Museum
Article describes the acquisition of one of Woody Herman's clarinets by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Held by the museum on a 5-year, renewable loan, it is one of only two Herman clarinets on...
Will Matthews Playing in the Count Basie Band
Article describes the rise of Kansas City jazz musician Will Matthews, who inherited the position of rhythm guitar in the Count Basie Band. The legendary Freddie Green occupied the guitarist's chair in...
What Did KC Think?
Article composed of the reactions of 32 prominent Kansas City jazz musicians and personalities to Ken Burns' "Jazz" series, broadcast in 2001 on PBS.
Warren Durrett: Perfectionist, Craftsman, and a Jazz Lover Who Made a Difference
Obituary, biography, and excerpts from the eulogy of Kansas City bandleader Warren Durrett, who died March 24, 2002, at the age of 81. From 1945 to 1986, "Warren's bands represented the best that the big...
Vocalist Rosetta Robinson Dies
Obituary for Rosetta Robinson, a Kansas City jazz and gospel singer who died after collapsing from an anuerysm March 15, 2004 during a concert at the Blue Room. Robinson, a native of Poplar Bluff, Missouri,...
Vince Bilardo, 1928-2009
Tribute to recently deceased Kansas City percussionist, Vince Bilardo. Described as the "gold standard" of jazz drummers in Kansas City, Bilardo worked with nearly every notable musician in the area during...
Unsung Heroes of Rock' n ' Roll
File containing photos and a chapter of the book about Big Joe Turner (1911-1985), a jazz and blues singer in 1920s-1930s Kansas City. Native Kansas Citian starting out here at such nightclubs as the Sunset...
Tyrone Clark: Always Right There
Article profiles Kansas City bassist Tyrone Clark, who discusses his musical career and influences. Clark has played with the Jazz Disciples since the mid-1990s.
Turning Frowns into Smiles
Article about the music of Luqman Hamza, a renowned Kansas City jazz singer.
Review of Kansas City-born jazz guitarist Pat Metheny's 2002 album "Speaking of Now".
Travel: A Musical Rivalry along the Mississippi
Photos and article about the black jazz history of Kansas City as compared to other nationally important areas in its development such as New Orleans, Memphis, and Saint Louis. Description of important...
Transition: Farewell to a Royal Jazzman
Photo and obituary for William Basie, or Count Basie (1904-1984), leader of "some of the most explosive big bands in jazz history." Native of New Jersey coming to Kansas City in 1927 as a pianist and joining...
Tommy Ruskin: A JAM Q&A
Interview with Kansas City drummist Tommy Ruskin, who discusses his drumming style, musical influences, and memorable performances. Ruskin has been the "house drummer" for the Topeka Jazz Workshop and...
Todd Strait: Sticking to the Music
Article describes the life and career of Todd Strait, Kansas City jazz drummer.
Profile of jazz pianist Bram Wijnands, a native of The Netherlands who immigrated to Kansas City in 1991. Wijnands performs regularly with his trio and a seven-piece band and also teaches jazz studies...
Article profiles jazz pianist, Tim Whitmer. As well as being a "fixture in his home town", Whitmer performs all over the United States and abroad. He is also a composer and hosts "Spirituality and All...
December 7-13, 2006
Commentary calling for Kansas City's civic leaders to come to the defense of the Mutual Musicians Foundation in its 2006 struggle to continue the tradition of serving alcohol at its famous after hours...
The Tradition Jams On
Article about the reconstruction of a building important in the history of Kansas City jazz, built in 1904 and financial support base of musicians such as Count Basie starting in 1928.
The Sound of Music, Live Music
Article describes an entire weekend of live music activities in Kansas City, Missouri. Stops include the Gem Theater, the Blue Room, Jardine's, and the Mutual Musicians Foundation building.
The Song Is You
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography describing the musical innovations and importance of Charlie Parker. Includes several note-by-note analyses of Parker's playing, comparing it to that of other jazz musicians and highlighting...
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