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The Jazz Ambassadors at 33-1/3 (Years, That Is!)
A brief history of the Jazz Ambassadors and its growth as an offshoot of the Jazz Commission. Mentioned are the origins of the Jazz Pub Crawl and the 1986 start of JAM (Jazz Ambassadors Magazine).
An End of an Era
After nearly 30 years in operation "on Broadway" [Street], Soundtrek recording studio has moved to a new location in Riverside, Missouri. Owner Ron Ubel founded the studio around 1980, and it earned a...
Steve Rigazzi: A Jam Q&A
An interview with local bassist Steve Rigazzi. A native of Oklahoma, Rigazzi came from a musical family and later learned to play the string bass while performing with a military band. Some of the topics...
Turning Frowns into Smiles
Article about the music of Luqman Hamza, a renowned Kansas City jazz singer.
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...
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...
Kansas City Has Been Diverse-fied
Article profiles a young, up and coming Kansas City jazz band called "Diverse." The five members studied under Professor Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri--Kansas City Conservatory and include...
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...
Kansas City's New Young Lions: Ready to Keep Kansas City on the Jazz Map, Part II
Article profiles four young Kansas City jazz musicians: Seth Lee (bass), Harold O'Neal (piano), Matt Hopper (guitar), Ryan Howard (piano/organ).
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...
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.
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.
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...
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...
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...
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,...
The Brazilian Influence
Interview with Doug Auwarter, drummer/percussionist for the long-running Kansas City band, the Sons of Brasil.
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.
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...
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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