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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...
Group of musicians playing outside identified on the back of the photo as the Last Straws, New Orleans, 1964. Names not given of men.
Group of musicians seated outside and identified as the Last Straws, New Orleans, 1964. Individual names not given.
Legendary Musician Dies
December 8-14, 2006
Article reporting the death of Jay McShann, a Kansas City bebop jazz pioneer. McShann, known to his friends as "Hootie," was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1916, relocated to Kansas City in 1936, and formed...
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.
Listen to the Big Noise from the Bassman . . .
Homage to Milt Abel, a Kansas City bassist and jazz legend who died February 3, 2006. The author recalls memories of over 45 years of listening to Milt Abel play live in Kansas City.
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...
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,...
Making Jazz History: 87 Years and Going Strong
Article describes Spring, 1995 activities of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, was interviewed on February 22, 1995 by Chuck Haddix of the Marr Sound Archives for the Smithsonian Institution's Oral...
Brief article about Mark Pender, trumpeter with the Max Weinberg Seven, the house band for the Conan O'Brien Show on NBC. Pender, a native of Kansas City, has been in every taping of the show (the show...
Marr Sound Archives Receives Collection from Warren Bowman
Article describes a collection left to the Marr Sound Archives in 2004 by deceased Kansas City piantist Warren Bowman. The collection includes a large collection of recordings by contemporary Kansas City...
Mary Lou Williams
Information on Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), born in Atlanta as Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, a prominent black jazz pianist of Kansas City. Williams came to Kansas City in 1928 as a pioneer woman jazz musician...
McShann Jazz Memorabilia Collection Now at UMKC
September 8, 2009
Short announcement that Jay McShann's collection of video-recorded interviews and performances, photographs, awards, and other memorabilia was donated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City by McShann's...
Mianos Jazz Band
Interior view identified as "Mianos Jazz Band With McIntyre and Heath 'Hello Alexander' Co." Only player identified is Floyd Eugene Estep on far right with saxophone. Probably taken in Kansas City, Missouri....
Milt Abel (1928-2006)
Obituary for Milt Abel, who died February 3, 2006 at age 77. Abel was born in Philadelphia, but after being stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he settled in Kansas City and became one of its "most...
Museum Is Missing KC Jazz
July 5, 2004
Part of "As I See It" column on the editorial page. Local musician Mike Metheny writes that he feels like 4 local jazz musicians should be included as a part of the local jazz museum. The names include...
Music: Paying Homage to a KC Jazz Institution
Short article about the Mutual Musicians Foundation, Inc., that began in the 1920s as Musician's Protective Union No. 627. It's located at 1823 Highland Ave and still holds their "legendary late-night...
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