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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...
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.
Two Generations of Kansas City Saxophonists
Profiles of two Kansas City saxophone players from different generations. Horace Washington is Kansas City born and trained, learning at the Leon Brady Sumner program and from musicians with ties to the...
Turning Frowns into Smiles
Article about the music of Luqman Hamza, a renowned Kansas City jazz singer.
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...
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).
The Brazilian Influence
Interview with Doug Auwarter, drummer/percussionist for the long-running Kansas City band, the Sons of Brasil.
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...
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.
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...
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...
Q & A: JAM Talks with Ahmad Alaadeen
November 1, 2006
Interview with Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen. Includes details of his youth attending R. T. Coles, musicians with whom he has played, and his opinions and theories about jazz in general.
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,...
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.
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,...
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).
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...
Kansas City is Saxy, Part Three
Part three of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Doug Talley, Dennis Winslett, Mark Southerland, and Kerry Straye. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion...
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...
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