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18th and Vine District
Biography of Felix Payne (1884-1962), Businessman and Politician
Biography of John A. Jones (1867-1937), Businessman and Barber
Biography of L.C. "Speedy" Huggins (1913-1999), Dancer and Musician
Black Archives Seeks to Continue Momentum of Jazz District with Revival of Boone Theater
August 30-September 5, 2013
Article summarizes plans to restore the Boone Theater, a historic building that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located at the corner of 18th & Vine Streets. Dr. Doretha K....
Blue Room Honored
January 11, 2007
Short notice of the fact that "Kansas City's Blue Room soon will be named one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world by Down Beat, a jazz magazine." The Blue Room is operated by the American Jazz Museum...
Can't Miss This Sign of 18th and Vine
May 6, 2008
"The city plans to erect a flashing neon or LED sign nearly two stories tall on the top of the building near the corner of 18th Street and the Paseo." The sign with its lights should be visible for a mile...
Capturing the Castle
June 26-July 2, 2014
Article describes the efforts of volunteers working to restore the Vine Street Workhouse, otherwise known as the Castle, located at 2001 Vine Street. Daniel and Ebony Edwards are interviewed and describe...
Celebrating the History of 18th and Vine
September 7-13, 2007
Series of three articles about the historic 18th and Vine Jazz District: 1) "Nightlife in District Meant a Good Time at Region's Best Clubs;" 2) "Mutual Musicians Still Making Noise;" and 3) "Charlie Parker's...
Charlie Parker Sculpture
View looking toward the northwest with the Charlie Parker Memorial sculpture in view as well as the Kansas City downtown skyline. Parker memorial is located at 17th Terrace and the Paseo in the historic...
Church Marks 100 Years
March 19, 2007
Article reporting the centennial celebration of Centennial United Methodist Church, located at 1834 Woodland Avenue.
City's Law Department Shoots Down Gates' Economic Plan
October 23, 2009
Ollie Gates and others have proposed a "duty free tax zone" bounded by 9th Street on the north, 29th Street on the south, Troost Avenue on the west and Prospect Avenue on the east. Gates believes it would...
Club Profile: Birdland
Review of the Birdland nightclub, located at 1600 E. 19th in 1995. In the 1950's and 60's, the club at this location was known as "The Mardi Gras."
Club Profile: The Peach Tree Restaurant
Review of the Peachtree Restaurant, located at 1512 E. 18th Street in the historic 18th and Vine area. The restaurant, which is located on the same block where the Streets Hotel once stood, "harks back...
Communication and Support: The Keys to 18th and Vine
Article detailing the progress of the redevelopment of the 18th and Vine area as of Fall, 1995.
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography discussing the aftermath of Charlie Parker's death, as well as the growth of his posthumous fame. The author describes numerous published interpretations of Parker's life and music,...
Contributors to Missouri Culture: William "Count" Basie
Photo and biographical article about Count Basie (1904-1984), a famous black pianist and composer arriving in Kansas City in 1924, involved in the "Kansas City jazz" movement in the 18th and Vine district,...
Dick's Down Home Cook Shop
Full frontal view of Dick's Down Home Cook Shop, located at 1521 E. 18th Street (18th and Vine).
Down Home--On the Vine
Article about the Peachtree Restaurant, a "soul food" restaurant located in the historic 18th and Vine district.
Efforts Underway to Protect Wheatley-Provident Hospital
Article concerns efforts by a number of agencies to attain landmark status for Wheatley-Provident Hospital. It also provides a brief history of the hospital established by Dr. J. Edward Perry in 1910.
Envision a Laser as a Light of Unity
July 26, 2008
A group called East Meets West of Troost are promoting the idea of having a green lazer beam shoot down 18th Street and connect the 18th and Vine area with the Crossroads Art District. City Councilman...
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