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Douglas Henry Daniels
Jazzing it Up
The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra "is an 18-piece profesional big band, and it's run much like a symphony orchestra, with paid musicians and a season of concerts." Conductor Jim Mair hopes the band will become...
Jewish Jazz Cats Uphold Tradition
April 30, 2010
Article profiles three Jewish jazz musicians: drummer Tommy Ruskin (67), trumpeter Stan Kessler (58), and drummer Sam Wisman (27). All three were featured promiently in a new documentary film called "Kansas...
Jim Mair and His KC Jazz Orchestra
Article profiling saxophonist/educator Jim Mair. In 1991, when he often played at the Phoenix, Jazz Ambassador Magazine voted Mair the top saxophoinist in Kansas City. Mair left the area to teach at the...
Joe Cartwright: Presenting the Best of Kansas City Jazz
Article profiling Kansas City jazz pianist Joe Cartwright and "his baby," the Fairmont Sunday Best of Kansas City Jazz series.
Kansas City Has Been Diverse-fied
Article profiles a young, up and coming Kansas City jazz band called "Diverse." The five members studied under Professor Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri--Kansas City Conservatory and include...
Kansas City is Saxy, Part Three
Part three of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Doug Talley, Dennis Winslett, Mark Southerland, and Kerry Straye. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion...
Kansas City is Saxy, Part Two
Part two of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Dave Chael, Matt Carrillo, Rich Wheeler, and Charles Perkins. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion for...
Kansas City is Saxy: a Survey of Kansas City Saxphonists
Part one of an article profiling several Kansas City-area saxophonists including Mike White, Loren Pickford, Chris Burnett and Dan Thomas. The interviewees discuss such topics as their passion for jazz...
Kansas City Night Life
Illustrations and article about the Prohibition and Great Depression eras of Kansas City, coinciding with the Pendergast machine years of open vice and jazz and blues night clubs. Mention of numerous organized...
Kansas City Perspective
Article about the importance of Count Basie to the Kansas City jazz music scene, also with information about fellow black Kansas City jazz musicians Bennie Moten and Andy Kirk.
Kansas City's Billy Graham in Basie Orchestra
May 10, 1957
Vertical file contains a photo and biographical article about William Graham, or Billy Graham, a saxophone player with the Count Basie Orchestra playing in Kansas City in 1957. Billy was the son of the...
Kansas City's New Young Lions: Ready to Keep Kansas City on the Jazz Map, Part II
Article profiles four young Kansas City jazz musicians: Seth Lee (bass), Harold O'Neal (piano), Matt Hopper (guitar), Ryan Howard (piano/organ).
Kansas City's Queen of the Blues Is Gone--(But Not Forgotten)
Photos and biographical article about Julia Lee (1902-1958), a black singer and pianist starting her career in the 1910s in Kansas City and earning "her reputation as one of the country's greatest blues...
One-page personal account of Kansas City's Karrin Allyson, jazz singer, pianist, and songwriter.
December 2014/January 2015
Interview with singer Karrin Allyson, who looks upon Kansas City as “most definitely my jazz musical home.” Allyson discusses her music background, her holiday album, what goes into choosing her repertoire,...
Karrin Allyson, Wild for You
Review of Karrin Allyson's 2004 release, Wild for You. Accompanied by a group of Kansas city musicians, Allyson's latest record is "a homage to the '70's, when pop songs were sung not shouted.''
Karrin Allyson: Wild for You
June 10-16, 2004
Music review of Karrin Allyson's 2004 release _Wild For You_, featuring covers of standards by James Taylor, Elton John, Roberta Flack, and Joni Mitchell.
KC Drummer Vince Bilardo, Mentor to Other Musicians, Dies
February 26, 2009
Obituary for Kansas City musician Vince Bilardo, who died February 23, 2009, in his home. Bilardo's musical career spanned nearly four decades, including 23 years with the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra....
KC Jazz Community Mourns Ruskin
January 2, 2015
Obituary for Tommy Ruskin, longtime staple of the Kansas City jazz scene. Ruskin's background and career as a drummer is described. Figures from the Kansas City jazz scene are interviewed and share their...
KC Jazz Sax Legend Dies at 86
November 22, 2006
Article reporting the death of Art Jackson, who passed November 19, 2006 at age 86. Jackson was the oldest and longest continuous member of The Scamps, a Kansas City jazz group; he was an accomplished...
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