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''Coots'' Dye, 1912-1998
Obituary for Elbert James "Coots" Dye, a Kansas City jazz pianist. Dye moved to Kansas City in the 1930's, and later received the Kansas City Jazz Heritage Award.
''Rupe'': Wayne Ruppenthal
Article describing the life and career of trumpeter Wayne Ruppenthal. Ruppenthal, a native of Russell, Kansas, began taking cornet lessons at age 13 from "Mr. Deines", a former member of the Coon-Sanders...
'Bird and the Architects of Tomorrow
Article describes an effort by the steering committee of the Kaw valley Arts Council and a group of University of Kansas Architecture students to create a Charlie Parker Memorial Park in Kansas City, Kansas....
'Bird's Return to the Vine
Article previews the unveiling of the sculpture and tomb of Charlie "Bird" Parker at 17th and the Paseo in the historic 18th and Vine district. The monument to Parker, designed by artist Robert Graham,...
'Blind Boone': A Sensational Missourian Forgotten
April 1, 1961
Article with an brief general history of ragtime music, "the ancestor of all popular music," and a biographical sketch of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), a prominent black musician living...
'Crucify! Crucify!': A Frantic Effort Wins Success in Kansas City
Photos and article about the production of the controversial rock opera or musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Kansas City by "Lyric Theater general director Russell Patterson" together with "the American...
'Home on the Range' to Stay
Photos and article about the composition of the song "Home on the Range" at Smith Center, Kansas, in 1872 by Brewster Higley. Description of the song's origins being forgotten until the 1950s with actions...
. ..Presenting Delbert E. Johnson: Swing Nominee for Man of the Month
Illustration and biographical article about Delbert Johnson, 40-year-old "organizer of the Kansas City May Music Festival," originally coming to Kansas City from his native Indiana in 1945 "as Minister...
10 Questions with Will Matthews
Photo, interview, and biographical article about Will Matthews, a black jazz guitarist and native of Kansas City winning two Grammy Awards as "a member of the world renowned Count Basie Orchestra" of Kansas...
A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
A Date with Marilyn Maye
Photos and biographical article about Marilyn Maye, a local singer and "RCA Victor recording star" "nominated for the Grammy Award."
A Grand Finale
Preview of a Folly Theatre concert featuring jazz violinist Claude "Fiddler" Williams and pianist Eldar Djangirov. The article delves into the history of Williams' eventful 70-plus year career.
A Jazz Lover's Club Scene Synopsis 2001
Annotated list of current (2001) live jazz clubs or venues (restaurants, night clubs, hotels, etc.) in the Kansas City area with information on performing musicians, etc.
A Letter from Home
Photos and biographical article about Pat Metheny, "one of the world's leading jazz guitarists" and a native of Lee's Summit, Missouri. Description of his life and career, starting out as a professional...
A Player without Plays
December 1, 2006
Article profiling the commercial success of the Quality Hill Playhouse and its cabaret performances emceed by J. Kent Barnhart. The theater, located at 303 W. 10th Street, had been operating for 12 years...
The Harriman-Jewell Series began in 1965 when Richard Harriman and Dean Dunham recognized the need to bring performers to Kansas City. Luciano Pavarotti was among the musicians who made their U.S. debuts...
A Proven Legend . . . and a Promising Newcomer
Article describes the life and career of Jay McShann on the occasion of a December 13, 2003 performance at the Folly Theater. McShann was born on January 12, 1916; he came to kansas City from Muskogee,...
A Raucous and Wild Ride Back in Time
Article describes the 2005 publication of Kansas City Jazz from Ragtime to Bebop--A History, by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix (Oxford University Press). Includes interview material and biographical information...
A Real French Connection
Article describes a 1997 performance of Karrin Allyson at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club at the Hotel Meridien Etoile, Paris. Allyson's "near-native pronunciation of French lyrics coupled with soulful renditions...
A Rock 'n Roll Artist for all Ages - Bob Walkenhorst's Voice is Clear
September 1, 2005
Profile of Kansas City musician Bob Walkenhorst who brings his music into school classrooms.
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