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Douglas Henry Daniels
Keeping the Beat: Tommy Ruskin is the Town's Top Drummer
As part of its "I Love the Nightlife" series about Jewish jazz musicians, this article profiles Tommy Ruskin. Ruskin performs with his wife, jazz singer Julie Turner, as well as with Bram Wijnands.
Believed to be piano player Knocky Parker seated on bed.
Lady Sings the Cooch
June 2-8, 2005
Article analyzes the music of Kansas City jazz singer Julia Lee, and its place in the jazz history of Kansas City. Includes an examination of the provacative nature of Lee's lyrics, as well as their reflection...
Group of musicians playing outside identified on the back of the photo as the Last Straws, New Orleans, 1964. Names not given of men.
Group of musicians seated outside and identified as the Last Straws, New Orleans, 1964. Individual names not given.
Leed's Eight to the Bar
Photo and biographical description of Pete Johnson, "probably the most famous keyboard artist in the [Leed's] Eight [music group] to the bar category among musicians," specializing in "boogie woogie" piano...
Legendary Musician Dies
December 8-14, 2006
Article reporting the death of Jay McShann, a Kansas City bebop jazz pioneer. McShann, known to his friends as "Hootie," was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1916, relocated to Kansas City in 1936, and formed...
Leon Brady's Kansas City Youth Jazz Band
December 2006-January 2007
Interview with jazz educator Leon Brady, long-time leader of the Kansas City Youth Jazz Band.
Listen to the Big Noise from the Bassman . . .
Homage to Milt Abel, a Kansas City bassist and jazz legend who died February 3, 2006. The author recalls memories of over 45 years of listening to Milt Abel play live in Kansas City.
Article spotlights the entertainment career of Lonnie McFadden, a dancer, singer, and trumpet player. McFadden toured with R&B bands as a teenager before forming Lonnie and the Band with his brother Ronald,...
Louis' Children: American Jazz Singers
Chapter of the book about the black Kansas City jazz musicians Little Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner and Pha Terrell," all singers. Description of James Andrew Rushing (1905-1972), as a native of Oklahoma...
Making Jazz History: 87 Years and Going Strong
Article describes Spring, 1995 activities of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, was interviewed on February 22, 1995 by Chuck Haddix of the Marr Sound Archives for the Smithsonian Institution's Oral...
Brief article about Mark Pender, trumpeter with the Max Weinberg Seven, the house band for the Conan O'Brien Show on NBC. Pender, a native of Kansas City, has been in every taping of the show (the show...
Marr Sound Archives Receives Collection from Warren Bowman
Article describes a collection left to the Marr Sound Archives in 2004 by deceased Kansas City piantist Warren Bowman. The collection includes a large collection of recordings by contemporary Kansas City...
McShann Jazz Memorabilia Collection Now at UMKC
September 8, 2009
Short announcement that Jay McShann's collection of video-recorded interviews and performances, photographs, awards, and other memorabilia was donated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City by McShann's...
Milt Abel (1928-2006)
Obituary for Milt Abel, who died February 3, 2006 at age 77. Abel was born in Philadelphia, but after being stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, he settled in Kansas City and became one of its "most...
Museum Is Missing KC Jazz
July 5, 2004
Part of "As I See It" column on the editorial page. Local musician Mike Metheny writes that he feels like 4 local jazz musicians should be included as a part of the local jazz museum. The names include...
Musical Aliens Find Each Other in Kansas City
Article spotlights the careers of two Kansas City jazz musicians, Mike Ning and Victor Perelmuter and tells the story of how they found their way to Kansas City. Ning, a pianist, was born in China but...
Musician with Area Roots Takes his Talent to Broadway
December 31, 2005
Ray Lisenby is a 1973 graduate of Raytown South High School and received his bachlor's and master's degrees from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. After teaching music at Belmont...
Musicians Celebrate Frank Mantooth in Their Own Words
Statements by various Kansas City jazz musicians about Frank Mantooth on the occasion of his death on January 30, 2004 in Garden City, Kansas. Mantooth was a piano player, writer and arranger, and music...
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