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Douglas Henry Daniels
Your Kansas City and Mine
1997 (1959 in first edition)
Biographical sketches of Bennie Moten and Etta Moten, black jazz musicians in Kansas City. Description of Bennie as a bandleader joining "Will Basie" (soon known as Count Basie) from about 1925 until his...
Woody Herman's Clarinet at Jazz Museum
Article describes the acquisition of one of Woody Herman's clarinets by the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. Held by the museum on a 5-year, renewable loan, it is one of only two Herman clarinets on...
Will Matthews Playing in the Count Basie Band
Article describes the rise of Kansas City jazz musician Will Matthews, who inherited the position of rhythm guitar in the Count Basie Band. The legendary Freddie Green occupied the guitarist's chair in...
What Did KC Think?
Article composed of the reactions of 32 prominent Kansas City jazz musicians and personalities to Ken Burns' "Jazz" series, broadcast in 2001 on PBS.
Watkins Serves City With Love
January 11, 2002
Part of Steve Penn's Commentary column. He praises the Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel funeral home for assisting with buriels of jazz musicians in need as well as recently with the funeral of Precious...
Vocalist Rosetta Robinson Dies
Obituary for Rosetta Robinson, a Kansas City jazz and gospel singer who died after collapsing from an anuerysm March 15, 2004 during a concert at the Blue Room. Robinson, a native of Poplar Bluff, Missouri,...
Vince Bilardo, 1928-2009
Tribute to recently deceased Kansas City percussionist, Vince Bilardo. Described as the "gold standard" of jazz drummers in Kansas City, Bilardo worked with nearly every notable musician in the area during...
Tyrone Clark: Always Right There
Article profiles Kansas City bassist Tyrone Clark, who discusses his musical career and influences. Clark has played with the Jazz Disciples since the mid-1990s.
Two Generations of Kansas City Saxophonists
Profiles of two Kansas City saxophone players from different generations. Horace Washington is Kansas City born and trained, learning at the Leon Brady Sumner program and from musicians with ties to the...
Turning Frowns into Smiles
Article about the music of Luqman Hamza, a renowned Kansas City jazz singer.
Review of Kansas City-born jazz guitarist Pat Metheny's 2002 album "Speaking of Now".
Tommy Ruskin: A JAM Q&A
Interview with Kansas City drummist Tommy Ruskin, who discusses his drumming style, musical influences, and memorable performances. Ruskin has been the "house drummer" for the Topeka Jazz Workshop and...
Todd Strait: Sticking to the Music
Article describes the life and career of Todd Strait, Kansas City jazz drummer.
Profile of jazz pianist Bram Wijnands, a native of The Netherlands who immigrated to Kansas City in 1991. Wijnands performs regularly with his trio and a seven-piece band and also teaches jazz studies...
Article profiles jazz pianist, Tim Whitmer. As well as being a "fixture in his home town", Whitmer performs all over the United States and abroad. He is also a composer and hosts "Spirituality and All...
The Sound of Music, Live Music
Article describes an entire weekend of live music activities in Kansas City, Missouri. Stops include the Gem Theater, the Blue Room, Jardine's, and the Mutual Musicians Foundation building.
The Song Is You
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography describing the musical innovations and importance of Charlie Parker. Includes several note-by-note analyses of Parker's playing, comparing it to that of other jazz musicians and highlighting...
The Marr Sound Archives: For the Record
Article describing the origins and growth of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The archives was established in 1987 from a gift of 42,000 sound recordings from professor...
The Man With A Horn
July 1, 2006
Jazz trumpeter Mike Metheny, brother of Pat Metheny, returned to Kansas City from Boston, where he taught music theory and improvisation courses at Berklee College of Music, and took up the pen as editor...
The Kansas City Style of Jazz
The authors in this book have traced the history and personalities involved in the immergence of the unique style of jazz that originated in the heartland and in particular in Kansas City during the 1920s-1940s....
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