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The Brazilian Influence
Interview with Doug Auwarter, drummer/percussionist for the long-running Kansas City band, the Sons of Brasil.
Danny Embrey + Rod Fleeman: A JAM Q&A
Interview with jazz guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, who have been part of the Kansas City music scene since the 1970s. They discuss their musical influences, careers and contemporaries, and reminisce...
Musical Aliens Find Each Other in Kansas City
Article spotlights the careers of two Kansas City jazz musicians, Mike Ning and Victor Perelmuter and tells the story of how they found their way to Kansas City. Ning, a pianist, was born in China but...
Black House Improvisers' Collective
Article on the Black House Improvisers' Collective (BHIC), an organization that provides resources and support for local musicians. The program was started by saxophonist Hunter Long in conjunction with...
Jim Mair and His KC Jazz Orchestra
Article profiling saxophonist/educator Jim Mair. In 1991, when he often played at the Phoenix, Jazz Ambassador Magazine voted Mair the top saxophoinist in Kansas City. Mair left the area to teach at the...
Will Matthews Playing in the Count Basie Band
Article describes the rise of Kansas City jazz musician Will Matthews, who inherited the position of rhythm guitar in the Count Basie Band. The legendary Freddie Green occupied the guitarist's chair in...
Kansas City is Saxy, Part Two
Part two of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Dave Chael, Matt Carrillo, Rich Wheeler, and Charles Perkins. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion for...
Tommy Ruskin: A JAM Q&A
Interview with Kansas City drummist Tommy Ruskin, who discusses his drumming style, musical influences, and memorable performances. Ruskin has been the "house drummer" for the Topeka Jazz Workshop and...
Tyrone Clark: Always Right There
Article profiles Kansas City bassist Tyrone Clark, who discusses his musical career and influences. Clark has played with the Jazz Disciples since the mid-1990s.
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...
Turning Frowns into Smiles
Article about the music of Luqman Hamza, a renowned Kansas City jazz singer.
Leon Brady's Kansas City Youth Jazz Band
December 2006-January 2007
Interview with jazz educator Leon Brady, long-time leader of the Kansas City Youth Jazz Band.
December 2011/January 2012
Article profiles Clarence Smith, musical director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz (KCYJ) program. Smith continues the work of Leon and Linda Brady, who started KCYJ in 2001. Smith previously served as director...
December 2014/January 2015
Interview with singer Karrin Allyson, who looks upon Kansas City as “most definitely my jazz musical home.” Allyson discusses her music background, her holiday album, what goes into choosing her repertoire,...
Joe Cartwright: Presenting the Best of Kansas City Jazz
Article profiling Kansas City jazz pianist Joe Cartwright and "his baby," the Fairmont Sunday Best of Kansas City Jazz series.
Article spotlights the career of jazz trombonist, pianist, and composer Bob Brookmeyer. In 2006, Brookmeyer received the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Award--the "nation's highest...
Article spotlights the entertainment career of Lonnie McFadden, a dancer, singer, and trumpet player. McFadden toured with R&B bands as a teenager before forming Lonnie and the Band with his brother Ronald,...
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.
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...
Interview with Kansas City cornetist Gary Sivils. The conversation focus on Sivils' 40+-year career and his early interest in music. He also discusses several of his musical contemporaries including Pat...
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