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A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
Among Kansas City's Artists [and] Where All the World's a Stage
Photos and biographical sketches of several Kansas City musicians, singers and music teachers, including Jennie Schultz, Charles Cease, E. Geneve Lichtenwalter (in the Studio building), Nelle Troutman...
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
Composers Corner: Opera Festival Planned in Kansas City
News of "[a]n opera festival" planned in Kansas City "on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the Kansas City Philharmonic," with performances by various singers, etc., directed by "Hans Schwieger,...
Elsie Frisbie Norman
Photo and caption about Elsie Frisbie Norman, or Elsie Norman, "one of Kansas City's best known and most gifted young artists" or singers with studio at 5011 Walnut Street.
Fun on The Road
Blues singer Diane "Mama" Ray recounts her most memorable experiences while touring with her band. Ray has been performing for nearly five decades.
In Memory of Jim Laforte (1946-2010)
Eulogy and remembrances for Kansas City R&B vocalist Jim LaForte (62) who passed away recently. Laforte was a founding member and leader of the Harling's Upstairs afternoon band in the 1980s. A memorial...
In the Beginning...A Brief History of Heartland Men's Chorus
November 1, 2006
Article recounting the history of the Heartland Men's Chorus, a men's choral group formed in Kansas City in 1986.
Julia Lee (The Last of the Great Blues Singers)
Photo and biographical article about Julia Lee (1902-1958), an early Kansas City jazz and blues singer and pianist starting in the 1910s with her brother, bandleader George Lee. Description of her life...
K. C.'s Top Rock Concerts of the Millennium [sic]
Photos of ticket stubs and posters and review of "the Top Ten Best Rock Concerts to play here the past millennium [sic]": (1) the Beatles at Municipal Stadium in 1964; (2) the Rolling Stones and Stevie...
Kansas City's Queen of the Blues Is Gone--(But Not Forgotten)
Photos and biographical article about Julia Lee (1902-1958), a black singer and pianist starting her career in the 1910s in Kansas City and earning "her reputation as one of the country's greatest blues...
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,...
KC's Performing Artists Anticipate Downtown Revival
Article describes the creative energy growing in Kansas City's performing arts community in response to the proposed performing arts center and other downtown revitalization projects.
Founded in 1958, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has been "a bit of a renegade operation." Founder Russell Patterson adopted the European pattern of smaller halls and the use of young singers who can devote...
Mama Ray Hosting August Jam
Article profiles the career of blues singer Diane "Mama" Ray. Born into a musical family, Ray took singing and music lessons as a young child and performed in a variety of productions. In 1962, she moved...
Mrs. George Cowden
Photo and bio of Mrs. George Cowden, "a favorite concert and oratorio singer," also "much sought after by our neighboring cities and towns."
Mrs. Maclay Lyon
Photo and biographical description of Mrs. Maclay Lyon, "one of our [the Musical Club's] best known singers" and a member and promoter of the Kansas City Musical Club.
Myra Taylor Will Celebrate Her 92nd Birthday
Profile of legendary jazz vocalist Myra Taylor, who turns 92 years old on February 24, 2009. Taylor began her career in 1932 as a dancer and singer performing in clubs around 18th and Vine District St....
Ode to the Performing Arts
This issue highlights specific people and groups in the arts community including the following. Sports (A League of Their Own) featuring the Roller Warriors, a women's roller derby; Opera (The Diva Next...
Play 'Kansas City' for Me: Famous Song Has Its Share of Infamous Versions
Photos and article about the song "'Kansas City,' the venerable pop standard of the 1950s" re-recorded and rearranged by several different singers and composers. Description of its various versions on...
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