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African American Music and Musicians
File contains photocopied newspaper clippings which include: a 1927 article on American Negro spirituals; Musicians Local No. 627 officers in 1952; and the Metro-tones singing group. Also in the file is...
Fact sheet about Alice Nielsen, a singer born in the 1870s and presumably appearing in Kansas City around the turn of the century with costumes held at the Kansas City Museum, with references to newspapers...
File contains photos and information on Sam Lovett, or Baby Lovett, an African American jazz drummer raised in Louisiana and coming to Kansas City about 1922 as "a sound-effects man for silent movies"...
Photo and information on Bennie Moten (1894-1935), a black pianist, bandleader and native of Kansas City, leading in the development of the Kansas City style of jazz. Starting his own ragtime band here...
Photos and information on Bettye Miller, an African American jazz pianist of Kansas City (starting in the 1950s) and native of Clinton, Missouri.
File contains information about Carl Busch, the founder and conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He was a native of Denmark and musical composer of the early 20th century, included in the 1912...
Photos and information on Carlene Neihart, a music teacher at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and organist at the Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in the 1960s-1970s, with residence...
Charlie Parker (Bird)
Photos, illustrations, and information on Charlie Parker (1920-1955), a world-famous Kansas City jazz musician nicknamed "Yardbird" or "Bird." Born in Kansas City, Kansas, and moving to Kansas City, Missouri,...
City Light Orchestra
File contains a photo and information on the City Light Orchestra, a jazz and swing band formed in Kansas City in 1982 that performs around the country. Led by native Kansas Citian and saxophonist Ahmad...
Clarence Kenner (Sonny)
File containing photos and information on Clarence Kenner, or Sonny Kenner, a nationally prominent jazz guitarist and native Kansas Citian raised at 1818 Woodland Avenue and dying in 2001 at the age of...
File containing photos and articles from various newspapers about Count Basie (1904-1984), a prominent African American jazz figure starting his career in Kansas City. His last appearance in Kansas City...
Early Music Consort of Kansas City
File containing photos and information on the Early Music Consort of Kansas City, a local band formed about 1978 (based in the Linda Hall Library in 1990) and led by John Titterington playing music "from...
Ellis Burton and the Yellow Front Saloon
File contains information about Ellis Burton, the proprietor of the Yellow Front Saloon, a Downtown Kansas City night club for jazz musicians in the 1920s and 1930s, describing his help to black jazz musicians...
April 13, 1905
File contains an advertisement for a performance by prima donna soprano Florence Cole-Talbert to be held June 13, 1930 at Metropolitan Baptist Temple in Kansas City, Kansas. Includes her history as well...
File contains photos and information on Francis Buebendorf, or Frank Buebendorf, a "retired University of Kansas City-Missouri music professor" and former conductor of "the Kansas City String Orchestra...
File contains a portrait of Hans Schwieger, conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra in the mid-1900s.
Photos, illustrations, and information on Jay McShann, a jazz pianist born in Oklahoma about 1916 and coming to Kansas City in 1937, playing with several prominent jazz musicians and at many clubs, starting...
June 6, 1905
File contains a chapter of the book about Jesse Stone (1901-1999), a former Kansas City style jazz musician and composer or arranger of the early rock song "Shake, Rattle and Roll" in 1954 sung by Big...
Jim Edd Spencer
Photo and information on Jim Edd Spencer, or Jim Spencer (ca. 1905-1944), a native Kansas Citian and "Independence artist who made many linoleum cuts of scenes in Independence and Kansas City." Promoter...
File containing photos and information on John Michael Myles, or John Myles, an African American classical pianist born in Kansas City about 1939 and residing at 402 West 43rd Street.
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