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Biography of Andy Kirk (1898-1992), Bandleader
Biography of George E. Lee (1896-1958), Singer and Bandleader
Biography of Julia Lee (1902-1958), Singer and Pianist
Biography of Milton Morris (1911-1983), Nightclub Owner
Biography of Charles Johnson (1875-1950), Music Composer and Arranger
Biography of Edward M. Hiner (1872-1948), Bandmaster and Music Teacher
A Chronology of the Warren Durrett Big Band in Kansas City, 1945-1986
A 314 page spiral bound booklet which features local big band leader Warren Durrett. It contains 13 chapters with content arranged in chronological order. Within the pages are photocopies of newspaper...
Blues Family Joins Forces to Benefit Local Matriarch
March 19, 2004
A benefit concert is to be held on Friday, March 19, 2004, for local Blues singer, Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington who has sung the Blues locally for decades. Recent health problems and the need for...
June 27, 1905
A portion of this book gives information on Carleton Coon and Joe Sanders and their musical group called The Nighthawks, "the most successful and influential of the early white bands to come out of Kansas...
In Praise of Those Who Spread the Word
Alphabetical list of 33 individuals credited with "spreading the word" about Kansas City jazz on the national and international stage.
An Interview With Ahmad Ala-adeen
An interview with musician Ahmad Ala-adeen. Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded July 27, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc;...
Clear Your Calendar -- Stan's Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash Coming May 20!
May 1, 2006
Article announces the May 20, 2006 celebration of Big Joe Turner's birthday by the Kansas City Blues Society. Turner (whose birth date is actually May 18th), is best remembered for his original version...
DiDonato Brings It All Back Home to Kansas City
October 9, 2003
Article describes the career of Joyce DiDonato, a mezzo-soprano opera singer raised in Prairie Village, Kansas. The item was written in conjunction with DiDonato's October 9, 2003 performance in Kansas...
KC Blues Performer Takes Own Life
January 11, 2006
Article describing the apparent suicide of Kansas City blues guitarist Lester "Wizard" King. King, an accomplished blues guitarist and performer, reportedly fired shots on the premises of Midwest Lighting...
Black House Improvisers' Collective
Article on the the Black House Improvisers' Collective (BHIC), an organization that provides resources and support for local musicians. The program was started by saxophonist Hunter Long in conjunction...
July 28-August 3, 2005
Article profiles Kansas City rapper Fat Tone (Anthony Watkins), and reports the circumstances of his death on May 23, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tinoco is One of a Kind
September 29-October 12, 2005
Article profiles musician David Tinoco. As well as lead singer and leader of Las Estrellas band, Tinoco owns an automobile finishing business, Single Source Inc., and is part owner of T&G Entertainment...
Between Rock and a Good Place
January 29, 2012
Article profiles twelve women who are influencing the local music scene in various ways: Kristie Stremel, soloist and former member of Frogpond and Exit 159; Hearts of Darkness singers Brandy Gordon, Rachel...
November 7, 2006
Article profiling "Kansas City's most successful rapper," Tech N9ne (born Aaron Dontez Yates). As an independent recording artist on Travis O'Guinn's Strange Music record label, Tech N9ne has produced...
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