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Douglas Henry Daniels
Kansas City is Saxy: a Survey of Kansas City Saxphonists
Part one of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Mike White, Loren Pickford, Chris Burnett and Dan Thomas. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion for jazz...
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...
Kansas City's Little Jazz Man
Short article with photos about a boy named Eldar Djangirov who learned to play jazz while living in Kyrgyzstan, near China. The family settled in Kansas City in 1998.
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).
Kansas City: The Jazz Scene
Photo and article (written by a staff member of the Kansas City Public Library) on the history of jazz in the Kansas City area, describing its prime in the 1920s-1930s before declining with few appearances...
One-page personal account of Kansas City's Karrin Allyson, jazz singer, pianist, and songwriter.
Karrin Allyson, Wild for You
Review of Karrin Allyson's 2004 release, Wild for You. Accompanied by a group of Kansas city musicians, Allyson's latest record is "a homage to the '70's, when pop songs were sung not shouted.''
Karrin Allyson: Wild for You
June 10-16, 2004
Music review of Karrin Allyson's 2004 release _Wild For You_, featuring covers of standards by James Taylor, Elton John, Roberta Flack, and Joni Mitchell.
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...
KC Drummer Vince Bilardo, Mentor to Other Musicians, Dies
February 26, 2009
Obituary for Kansas City musician Vince Bilardo, who died February 23, 2009, in his home. Bilardo's musical career spanned nearly four decades, including 23 years with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra....
KC Jazz Sax Legend Dies at 86
November 22, 2006
Article reporting the death of Art Jackson, who passed November 19, 2006 at age 86. Jackson was the oldest and longest continuous member of The Scamps, a Kansas City jazz group; he was an accomplished...
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...
KC-bred Pianist Russ Long Dies
January 3, 2007
Kansas City jazz pianist Russ Long died December 31, 2006, at the age of 67. "Long, born Russ Longstreth, was a much admired musician, singer and composer who worked in many of Kansas City's jazz clubs...
Keeper Of The Scamps' Beat Dies At 82
March 29, 2010
Article about the death of Oscar "Lucky" Wesley on March 20, 2010, at age 82. Wesley was a bass player who played with many Kansas City groups, but his principal affiliation was with the Scamps, whom he...
Keeping That KC Vibe
Cover story about Eldar Djangirov, the piano prodigy who came to Kansas City from Kyrgystan around 1997 at the age of 10. Companion article "Good Press for Eldar" quotes reviews fromother newspapers about...
Keeping the Beat
December 2008/January 2009
Profiles of four Kansas City drummers: Ray DeMarchi, Sam Wisman, Tim Cambron, Brandon Draper. The musicians discuss their musical backgrounds and careers, as well as the Kansas City jazz scene.
Keeping the Beat: Tommy Ruskin is the Town's Top Drummer
As part of its "I Love the Nightlife" series about Jewish jazz musicians, this article profiles Tommy Ruskin. Ruskin performs with his wife, jazz singer Julie Turner, as well as with Bram Wijnands.
Believed to be piano player Knocky Parker seated on bed.
KC’s Jazz Scene is Renewing Itself
December 26, 2010
Article describes events in 2010 that prove the jazz scene is bouncing back after a tough 2009. Among the significant events were Bobby Watson’s new CD, the Prairie Village Jazz Festival and Jazz Winterlude,...
Lady Sings the Cooch
June 2-8, 2005
Article analyzes the music of Kansas City jazz singer Julia Lee, and its place in the jazz history of Kansas City. Includes an examination of the provacative nature of Lee's lyrics, as well as their reflection...
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