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Stacy a Jeffress
Portrait of opera soprano Eleanor Steber.
File contains a photocopy of a program at the Metropolitan Baptist Temple in Kansas City, Kansas, featuring Florence Cole-Talbert, “prima donna soprano” (pictured). She sang opera around the world...
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.
Portrait of Metropolitan Opera soprano Helen Traubel.
Hometown Diva Shows Force, Flair
February 14, 2011
Short article about Joyce DiDonato's performance February 13 and operatic "world-class" career "with performances in London, Paris, Milan and, of course, New York's Metropolitan Opera. DiDonato was born...
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.
It's His World
February 24-March 2, 2005
Profile of Kansas City lounge singer Al Lotta, house entertainer at the Cigar Box Bar, 1519 Grand Boulevard.
Articles about the concert appearance of singer James Brown in Kansas City Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving night, 1966, with photos. Prior to the concert descriptions were given about his musical...
Close-up portrait of vocalist Jane Kaye, featured with Joe Sanders and his orchestra in the 1930s.
Jazz Singer Chris Connor Dies
September 1, 2009
Obituary for Chris Connor (81), a Kansas City native and prominent big-band jazz singer of the 1940s and 50s. Connor was best known for her work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, recording the hit song "All...
Kansas City Singers
File contains newspaper clippings, brochures, etc., on the local vocal group called the Kansas City Singers. The director of the group is Robert Grove.
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 Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
KC Mourns Loss of Singer, Advocate
August 29, 2013
The local music community is mourning the death of singer/songwriter Abigail Hope Henderson. During her music career Henderson performed with bands such as Trouble Junction, the Gas Lights, and Atlantic...
KC Symphony, DiDonato Take a Turn on TV
July 15, 2012
Review of the documentary, "Homecoming: the Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato" produced by PBS and KCPT-TV, and shown as part of PBS Arts Summer Festival. Featuring interviews and views backstage,...
KC Voice Rings Around the World
November 3, 2013
Biographical article that focuses upon the life of opera singer Vinson Cole. Cole's upbringing in the Swope Park area of Kansas City is summarized. Details related to his music education and later career...
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.
Laura Cansler Remembers Loman
Loman Cansler's wife recalls and writes about Loman's love of collecting folk songs, especially in Missouri. Loman was a counselor at North Kansas City High School for many years and the Canslers and their...
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...
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