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Douglas Henry Daniels
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...
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...
Musical Quartet and Singers
African-American quartet playing music with a group of men singing.
Musician with Area Roots Takes his Talent to Broadway
December 31, 2005
Ray Lisenby is a 1973 graduate of Raytown South High School and received his bachlor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. After teaching music at Belmont...
Musicians Celebrate Frank Mantooth in Their Own Words
Statements by various Kansas City jazz musicians about Frank Mantooth on the occasion of his death on January 30, 2004 in Garden City, Kansas. Mantooth was a piano player, writer and arranger, and music...
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