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Remembering Tommy Ruskin, 1942-2015
Kansas City drummer Tommy Ruskin (72) passed away on January 1, 2015. Friends and fellow musicians such as Marilyn Maye, Mike Metheny, and others share their memories of Ruskin and reflect on his career....
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Icons, Dies
December 29, 2008
Article about the death of sculptor Robert Graham, at age 70, in Santa Monica Califoarnia. Graham was the creator of the 18-foot monument to Charlie Parker at 17th and Vine, near the American Jazz Museum....
Roger Wilder: A Nice Guy Finds a Nice Place
Article profiles jazz pianist Roger Wilder, a native of Rochester and Ossining, New York, who relocated to Kansas City in 2000. Wilder performs regularly at Jardine's and the Drum Room and is also an adjunct...
Russ Long, 1939-2006
March 1, 2007
Obituary for Russ Long, who died December 31, 2006. Long was a renowned jazz pianist, singer and composer.
Rusty Tucker of the Scamps Dies
July 1, 2006
Brief item reporting the death of Orestie "Rusty" Tucker, drummer, singer, and sometimes-trumpet player of The Scamps, a Kansas City jazz group. Tucker died June 14, 2006, at age 80.
Saluting the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz
Article describing the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz, an entity of the Mutual Musicians Foundation that honors "musicians and music industry professionals for their contributions to performing and...
Sax Man Kynard is Dead at 92
July 8, 2012
Photo and obituary for Ben Kynard (1920-2012), the Kansas City jazz musician known for writing "Red Top" when he performed with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra.
Saying Farewell with Music: Bandleader's Joy, Humor, Generosity are Remembered
April 1, 2002
Funeral services for Warren Durrett included Marilyn Maye singing, a jazz quartet and remembrances of Durrett.
SC1-1 Joe Sanders Collection Finding Aid
Joe Sanders was born in Thayer, Kansas, and spent the majority of his childhood in the Kansas City area. He started his musical performances as a boy soprano in local church choirs and graduated from Westport...
SC1-2 Harvey Rettberg Papers Finding Aid
Collection of correspondence, publications, photographs, newspaper clippings (including obituaries), etc., belonging to Harvey Rettberg, co-founder of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks Fan Club. Includes information...
SC164 KCPL Reference Hard to Find Collection
1980 – 2005, bulk 1990s
The materials within the KCPL Reference Hard to Find (HTF) Collection were compiled by Kansas City Public Library reference librarians and staff members to provide an easy to access source of information...
Scene: Kansas City, Missouri
Photo and article about the continuing presence of some prominent jazz musicians and venues in Kansas City, "the Paris of the Plains."
Scott Robinson, Fulfilling the Promise
Profile with Kansas City drummer Scott Robinson, including extensive interview material. After stints playing jazz in New York and orchestra percussion in Philadelphia, 2005 sees him playing drums behind...
Services for Myra Taylor Saturday
December 16-22, 2011
Article about jazz vocalist Myra Taylor who died December 9, 2011, at the age of 94. Taylor had performed in Kansas City nightclubs in the 18th and Vine district during the 1930s.
Song Bird From KC
June 7, 2009
Kansas City jazz singer Deborah Brown is better known in Europe than in the U.S. This article is an interview with Brown, "a singers' singer with a magnificent voice and mind-boggling technique."
Songs for Sandra
Profile of bassist Bob Bowman. On the eve of the release of his most personal project to date, an album written in memory of his late wife, Bowman answers questions about his history with musicians like...
Sophisticated Lady of Jazz
September 10, 2011
Pearl Thuston Brown is the subject of the Tribute section of the Remembrances column. "Brown was a professional musician since 1951, a singer and piano player at Kansas City nightclubs who toured with...
Spring--and Pat Metheny--Breeze into D.C.
Review of a 1995 performance by jazz guitarist Pat Metheny in St. Louis, Missouri. In addition to the concert review material, the article contains a fairly in-depth examination of Metheny's musical career....
Stan Kessler: Glad to Be in Kansas City
Profile of Stan Kessler, Kansas City jazz musician, educator, and member of the noted area band, the Sons of Brazil.
Stan Kessler: Man with the Golden Horn
As part of its "I Love the Nightlife" series about Jewish jazz musicians, this article profiles Stan Kessler. In addition to playing with his Sons of Brazil band, Kessler teaches private pupils and is...
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