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'Philosopher of Soul' Johnnie Taylor Dies
File containing a photo and obituary for Johnnie Taylor, "a soul singer whose crossover appeal gave him his biggest hit in the disco era." Born in Arkansas about 1938 and raised in Kansas City before becoming...
18th & Vine District to Inaugurate Jazz Walk of Fame
August 22-28, 2014
Article announces that a ceremony to honor distinguished Kansas City jazz musicians by installing 30-inch bronze medallions in the sidewalks along 18th Street near the 18th and Vine District will take...
54 Million Votes Put Cook on Top
May 22, 2008
David Cook, of Blue Springs, MO, won the American Idol competition on May 21, 2008. "Cook gathered nearly 56 percent of the 97.5 million votes cast." 25-year-old Cook defeated David Archuleta for the title...
A Chorus Beyond Song
Describes the history, current status, and future of the Heartland Men's Chorus.
A Different Drummer
May 5, 2011
Feature article on local drummer and instructor Brandon Draper, who describes his father's musical influence as well as his career. Draper currently teaches at Shawnee Mission West High School and Kansas...
A Gloomy Day When KC Lost Its Philharmonic
August 19, 2006
Author recounts her experiences as a cellist for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra on the evening of its last public performace, February 19th, 1982.
A Gold Mine
January 15-21, 2004
Article describes a local civil rights tour proposed by Kansas Citian Anita Dixon. The tour includes a stop at the Green Duck Lounge, where African American activist, and founder of Freedom Incorporated,...
A Good-By to W. H. Leib
Biographical article about W. H. Leib, "one of the pioneers of the musical circles here," retiring from 30 years of teaching music in the Kansas City School District at the age of 70.
A Look at New York: Kansas Citian Has a Hit on Broadway
Photo and biographical article about native Kansas Citian Burt Bacharach, a composer for motion pictures and popular and classical music. Description of his nationally prominent career and early life in...
A Pianist with a Passion
April 29, 2010
Obituary for Kansas City jazz pianist and piano tuner Byron Floyd "Pete" Eye (77). His band, the Pete Eye Trio, played regular shows at the Carriage Club for 20 years. In 1992, Eye was honored as an Elder...
A Smart Decision for Widow of the 'Fiddler'
September 28, 2010
Article reports on a display case at the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City showcasing memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams'...
A Very Deserving Music Star
May 13, 2006
Marilyn Maye will receive a Lifetime Achivement Award May 20 at the Coda Jazz Fund Benefit Concert. Leon Brady will also receive an award.
Photo and biographical description of Savino Rendina, an 81-year-old retired "violinist, pianist and French horn player" residing at 4242 54th Street Terrace. Also "one of the original members of the Kansas...
Biographical article about Phyllis Pehr, a music composer of the "Queen's Coronation March" for the American Royal, awarded for "Variations on an Israeli Theme," and residing at 7126 Charlotte Street.
Biographical article about Lee Liberace, the pianist known as simply "Liberace" and born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace. Description of his career, starting out as a performer with his brother George Liberace...
File containing a biographical article about Phyllis Pehr, "a Kansas City composer" of "the "Queen's Coronation March" for the American Royal and "Variations on an Israeli Theme," with residence at 7126...
About Town: To Hear Ancient Flutes and Their Histories
Biographical article about Betty Hensley, a flutist and owner of a "famous collection of folk flutes," performing a concert with several types of them at a local church as a former Kansas Citian.
Addison D. Madeira Dead: For Fifteen Years Kansas Citian Was a Metropolitan Barytone [sic]
Obituary for Addison Madeira, Jr., "71 years old, former barytone [sic] of the Metropolitan Grand Opera Company" in New York City, dying on October 8, 1930 at his Kansas City residence at 6139 Brookside...
All That Jazz--On Film In KC
June 16, 2006
Located at the American Jazz Museum is a wonderful collection called the John Baker Film Collection. This collection contains about 700 hours of film. "Some of the holdings are full-length features, some...
Alleluia Chorus: Critics Sing the Praises of the Kansas City Chorale
File containing photos and an article about the Kansas City Chorale, formed by Jonathan Griffith in 1981 as a nonprofit organization and conducted in 1999 by Charles Bruffy.
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