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Douglas Henry Daniels
Orestie 'Rusty' Tucker
Brief obituary for Rusty Tucker, who died June 14, 2006. Tucker came to Kansas City in 1948, originally playing the trumpet, but eventually becoming an accomplished drummer and singer. Among the bands...
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography describing the life of Charlie Parker in the period after his release from the Camarillo State Hospital (California) at the end of January 1947, to Autumn of 1948. The author writes...
Pat Morrissey, 1953-2001
Short obituary for local jazz musician Pat Morrissey who died on February 22, 2001. Includes a photograph of him playing the trumpet.
Play: Not Without Laughter
Chapter focuses on the music or club scene in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s. "Kansas City provided a setting for the grooming and maturation of some of the country's most important jazz voices". A...
Playing With Fire
June 11, 2006
Feature story on the McFadden Brothers, Ronald and Lonnie, sons of James "Pops" McFadden and brothers of Sandra McFadden-Weaver, minister and Kansas City Councilwoman. Lonnie plays trumpet, Ronald the...
May 13-19, 2004
Author describes his experiences at the May 2, 2004 memorial service for legendary Kansas City jazz musician Claude "Fiddler" Williams. According to the author, "You could scarcely swing a cane at Fiddler's...
Q & A with Doug Tatum
Interview with Doug Tatum, executive director of the Folly Theater. Tatum began his tenure at the Folly in 1993, where he has developed a renowned jazz series.
Q & A with Joe Klopus
Interview with Joe Klopus, jazz columnist with the Kansas City Star, pertaining to the health of Kansas City's ''Jazz Town''.
Q & A with Karrin Allyson
Interview with Kansas City jazz chanteuse Karrin Allyson. Allyson discusses her 2004 release Wild for You.
Q & A with Mark Pender
Interview with Mark Pender, lead trumpet player on Conan O'Brien's NBC "Late Night" show. Pender spent many early days in Kansas City as a member of the Inner City Orchestra, learning from veteran musicians...
Q & A with Pat Methany
Interview with Pat Metheny, in which he discusses his early career in Kansas City, and whether or not the heyday of Kansas City jazz will ever be recaptured.
Q & A with Pete Eye
Interview with Kansas City jazz pianist Pete Eye. Eye describes a history of playing in Kansas City venues with his Pete Eye Trio, as well as his work as a renowned piano tuner in the area.
Q & A: JAM Talks with Ahmad Alaadeen
November 1, 2006
Interview with Kansas City saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen. Includes details of his youth attending R. T. Coles, musicians with whom he has played, and his opinions and theories about jazz in general.
Q and A with Mike Methany
Interview with Mike Methany on the occasion of his stepping down as editor of JAM magazine after 9 years.
Recovering Musician Gets Help from Pals
January 12, 2006
Article reporting a stroke suffered by long-time Scamps tenor saxophonist Eddie Saunders, and efforts by his numerous friends in the Kansas City jazz community to support and assist him.
Remembering Piano Great Jay McShann
January 1, 2007
Brief article, accompanied by several photographs, describing the author's first exposure to the music of Jay McShann, and offering last respects to the musician, who died in 2006. The author writes that...
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Icons, Dies
December 29, 2008
Article about the death of sculptor Robert Graham, at age 70, in Santa Monica Califoarnia. Graham was the creator of the 18-foot monument to Charlie Parker at 17th and Vine, near the American Jazz Museum....
Roger Wilder: A Nice Guy Finds a Nice Place
Article profiles jazz pianist Roger Wilder, a native of Rochester and Ossining, New York, who relocated to Kansas City in 2000. Wilder performs regularly at Jardine's and the Drum Room and is also an adjunct...
Russ Long, 1939-2006
March 1, 2007
Obituary for Russ Long, who died December 31, 2006. Long was a renowned jazz pianist, singer and composer.
Rusty Tucker of the Scamps Dies
July 1, 2006
Brief item reporting the death of Orestie "Rusty" Tucker, drummer, singer, and sometimes-trumpet player of The Scamps, a Kansas City jazz group. Tucker died June 14, 2006, at age 80.
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