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Douglas Henry Daniels
Brothers' Paths All Lead to Jazz
May 14, 2002
Article contrasts brothers Pat and Mike Metheny and their different career paths in jazz. Mike returned to Kansas City where he is editor of JAM magazine. Pat is a jazz guitarist who travels all over the...
Celebrating Kansas City's Rich Jazz Heritage
Articles consists of an alphabetical list and accompanying biographical note about 47 internationally recognized jazz musicians with strong ties to Kansas City.
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography examining Charlie Parker's life from 1949 through 1951. Includes anecdotes of Parker's playing various New York nightclubs, the revocation of his "cabinet card" (which allowed him...
Article spotlights the career of pianist Charles Williams. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams grew up in a musical family and learned to play several instruments at a young age. He identifies his...
Charlie Parker Sculpture
View looking toward the northwest with the Charlie Parker Memorial sculpture in view as well as the Kansas City downtown skyline. Parker memorial is located at 17th Terrace and the Paseo in the historic...
Chasin' the Bird
Book review of Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker, by Brian Priestly (Oxford University Press, 2006). Article includes a brief overview of Parker's links to Kansas City and highlights...
December 2011/January 2012
Article profiles Clarence Smith, musical director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz (KCYJ) program. Smith continues the work of Leon and Linda Brady, who started KCYJ in 2001. Smith previously served as director...
Brief article describing the life and musical career of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, first played the mandolin, banjo and cello, before he switched to violin...
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams
Obituary for Claude "Fiddler" Williams, who died in Kansas City April 25, 2004 at the age of 96. Williams last performace was at the Club at Plaza III in December, 2003.
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams 1908-2004, 'He Lived For His Music'
April 26, 2004
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, local jazz musician, died April 25, 2004, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a jazz violinist for more than 75 years, attaining global acclaim. At the...
Claude Williams Celebrates 89 in the Nest
Article describes the February, 1997 birthday of Claude "Fiddler" Williams (his 89th), which Williams celebrated in Washington, D.C. by playing 5 gigs in two days. Williams' performances included 3 at...
Claude Williams, Personal Notes on a Humble Hero and Friend
Reminiscences and biographical profile of Claude "Fiddler" Williams, written on the occasion of his death in April, 2004. The piece includes an extensive discography of Williams' recordings.
Profile of Club 427, which was located at 427 Main in the City Market area. The club was known for its accoustics and interior decor, fine dining, and the notable jazz musicians on its bandstand.
Coda Jazz Fund to Place Marker on Jazz Legend Moten's Grave
March 28-April 3, 2014
Article announces that an engraved marble marker placed at the grave site of Bennie Moten in Highland Cemetery will be unveiled during a ceremony on April 2, 2014. CODA Jazz Fund committee chairperson,...
Composing His Life and His Music
File containing a biographical article about Robert Brookmeyer, a 56-year-old musical composer and trombonist. Born in Kansas City in 1929 and performing with prominent jazz musicians such as "Claude Thornhill,...
Confessin' the Blues
Article describing the life and music of Jay McShann, blues and jazz legend from Kansas City.
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography discussing the aftermath of Charlie Parker's death, as well as the growth of his posthumous fame. The author describes numerous published interpretations of Parker's life and music,...
Interior view of three men, only identification is man on left, Danny Barker, believed to be a New Orleans jazz musician who died in 1994. Location may be the New Orleans Jazz Museum according to a plaque...
Danny Embrey + Rod Fleeman: A JAM Q&A
Interview with jazz guitarists Danny Embrey and Rod Fleeman, who have been part of the Kansas City music scene since the 1970s. They discuss their musical influences, careers and contemporaries, and reminisce...
Danny Embrey: A Trip to Success
Article profiles the life and career of Danny Embrey, a jazz guitarist who grew up in Kansas City. Embrey has played on the Johnny Carson Show, the Merv Griffin Show, and Solid Gold, as well as toured...
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