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Douglas Henry Daniels
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.
Arch Martin, 1931-2009
Tribute to recently deceased Kansas City trombonist, Arch Martin. The author reminisces about Martin's career and his role as a mentor to other jazz musicians.
Arthur A. Jackson Sr.
March 1, 2007
Obituary for Art Jackson, who died November 19, 2006. At the time of his death, Jackson was the oldest continuous member of the Scamps, and during his career he also played with Jay McShann, Gene Krupa,...
December 1-7, 2006
Obituary for Kansas City jazz musician Arthur Jackson. Jackson attended Douglass and Attucks Elementary Schools, Lincoln High School, and R. T. Coles Vocational School. He played the clarinet, tenor sax,...
Back Home in KC, a Jazz Legend Gets the Recognition He's Due
October 18, 2008
Two Kansas City jazz musicians, Luqman Hamza and Curtis Fuller, received the American Jazz Museum's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) is a singer and pianist who...
Bassist Milt Abel, a Key Player in KC Jazz, Dies at 77
February 6, 2006
Local jazz bass player Milt Abel died February 3, 2006, at age 77. He and his first wife, Bettye Miller, performed for many years at the Horseshoe Lounge on Troost Avenue near East Linwood Boulevard. She...
Beatin' the Heat
May 20-26, 2004
Article describes the author's visit to the Mutual Musicians Foundation, at 1823 Highland. In 2004, the building is host to all night jam sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.
Beloved KC Sax Man Dies of Cancer
August 3, 2013
Brief article in tribute to Kerry Strayer, Kansas City baritone saxophone player and staple of the jazz music scene. The author states that Strayer was 56 at the time of his death from cancer on August...
Photos and information on Bettye Miller, an African American jazz pianist of Kansas City (starting in the 1950s) and native of Clinton, Missouri.
Biography of Andy Kirk (1898-1992), Bandleader
Biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), Jazz Great
Biography of Claude Williams (1908-2004), Musician
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (1913-1999), Dancer and Musician
Biography of Lester Willis Young (1909-1959), Tenor Saxophonist
Biography of Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), Musician, Stride Piano pioneer.
Biography of William (Count) Basie (1904-1984), Pianist and Bandleader
Bird' Grave--Tenor and All
Brief item calling for the replacement of Charlie "Bird" Parker's headstone in Lincoln Cemetery in Kansas City. According to the author, the headstone "embarrasses our city" by displaying a tenor saxophone...
Black House Improvisers' Collective
Article on the Black House Improvisers' Collective (BHIC), an organization that provides resources and support for local musicians. The program was started by saxophonist Hunter Long in conjunction with...
Bob Brookmeyer: KC Roots/UMKC Connection
Article describes the life and career of jazz musician and Kansas City native Bob Brookmeyer. Brookmeyer, "a performer of enormous stature for more than 4 decades," graduated from Paseo High School in...
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