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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.
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."
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...
Steve Rigazzi: A Jam Q&A
Interview with local bassist Steve Rigazzi. A native of Oklahoma, Rigazzi came from a musical family and learned to play the string bass while in performing with a military band. Some of the topics discussed...
Steven Joseph Patke, 1951-2005
Brief homage to Kansas City jazz musician Steven J. Patke, who died June 25, 2005. Fellow musician Candace Evans remembers him as "an enormously talented musician and wonderful friend."
Sustainability Summit: A Kansas City Jazz Roundtable
A roundtable of local musicians discuss the state of jazz in Kansas City and sustainability for the future - specifically the ability of musicians to make a living, as well as keeping audiences interested...
Swingin' since KC was Wide Open
September 18, 2005
Interview with jazz pianist, Jay McShann
Talking about Eddie Saunders
Article comprised of memories and stories about Eddie Saunders, a legendary Kansas City jazz musician. Individuals quoted in the piece are Monny Nash, Lucky Wesley, Luqman Hamza, Gerald Dunn, Jim Eriksen,...
The Best of Q & A
Article consists of excerpts from JAM's "Q & A" column, dating back ten years. Segments of interviews with numerous Kansas City jazz musicians and personalities are included.
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