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Stacy a Jeffress
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...
A Holiday Spin on the Dance Floor
November 29, 2013
Article summarizes the 2013 annual Thanksgiving Breakfast Dance held in the Kansas National Guard Armory in Kansas City, Kansas. Details related to the event's background and its connection to the local...
An Afternoon with Jay McShann
Interview with Jay McShann, in which he discusses his jazz education, playing with Joe Turner, and his upbringing in a religious family.
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.
Another Kansas City Great
Profile article on Tulsa Read, "one of the most respected professional harmonica players" in Kansas City. Read was inducted into the America's Old Time "Country Musical Hall of Fame" by the National Traditional...
Arts: Keeping the Blues Alive in KC
Photo and article about the history of the Kansas City Blues Society, founded in 1981 at the Charlotte Street Mission and growing to become "a national force" by 2001 with signing of several prominent...
February 21-27, 2013
Article chronicles the 2013 board election of the Kansas City Blues Society. The organization's history is described. Former members and previous editors of Blues News, the KCBS newsletter, are interviewed...
Big Joe Turner
November 25, 1985
Obituary article about Big Joe Turner, an early Kansas City blues singer dying at the age of 74 on November 24, 1985 in California. Former singer and bartender "at the Sunset Club, owned by Felix Payne,...
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of Joe Turner (1911-1985), Blues Vocalist
Biography of Julia Lee (1902-1958), Singer and Pianist
Biography of Little Hatch (1921-2003), Blues Musician
Blues Family Joins Forces to Benefit Local Matriarch
March 19, 2004
A benefit concert is to be held on Friday, March 19, 2004, for local Blues singer, Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington who has sung the Blues locally for decades. Recent health problems and the need for...
Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man'
File containing a photo and obituary for James Leroy Searcy, or Roy Searcy (1919-2001), a "fixture in the local music scene since he moved to Kansas City in May 1942." Native of Mississippi coming here...
Clear Your Calendar -- Stan's Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash Coming May 20!
May 1, 2006
Article announces the May 20, 2006 celebration of Big Joe Turner's birthday by the Kansas City Blues Society. Turner (whose birth date is actually May 18th), is best remembered for his original version...
Coda Jazz Fund Steps up to Honor KC Musician
March 22, 2008
King Alex Littlejohn died March 15, 2008. Although Littlejohn worked 45 years as a paper-cutter at Tension Envelope Corp. before retiring in January 2000, he played with a number of famous blues artists...
Confessin' the Blues
Article describing the life and music of Jay McShann, blues and jazz legend from Kansas City.
Confessin' the Blues, The Music of Jay McShann
Profile article on local musician and guitarist Dennis "DP" LaPlant. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, LaPlant started his first band at age 10. During his musical career, he performed and recorded with the Jerry...
East Bottoms 'Saloon' is Tops
August 23, 2006
The "e-interviews" column features Frank Hicks who opened up Knucklehead's Saloon at 2715 Rochester Avenue a few years ago. It is a top Blues club.
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