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Douglas Henry Daniels
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.
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...
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."
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.
The Brazilian Influence
Interview with Doug Auwarter, drummer/percussionist for the long-running Kansas City band, the Sons of Brasil.
The Buck Clayton Photo Collection Available Online
Article describes the life and career of Buck Clayton, a jazz trumpter whose collection of papers and recordings was recently donated to the Special Collections of Miller Nichols Library at UMKC. Clayton...
The Foundation of Kansas City Jazz
December 2006/Janurary 2007
Article describing the talented musicians seen by the author over the years at Mutual Musician's Foundation jam sessions. The author also expresses his opinion of the 2006 crackdown on the serving of alcohol...
The Frank Driggs Jazz Oral History Collection
Article describes the 2004 donation of 375 oral histories of jazz musicians to the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The collection was given to Marr by renowned jazz scholar...
The Good Ol' 90's
Article listing highlights and staples of the Kansas City jazz scene in the 1980's and 1990's. The author cites a friend as referring to these years as "good old days" of Kansas City jazz.
The Guitar and Kansas City Jazz
Article describing the influence of Kansas City musicians on jazz guitar playing.
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