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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...
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...
File containing photos and articles from various newspapers about Count Basie (1904-1984), a prominent African American jazz figure starting his career in Kansas City. His last appearance in Kansas City...
Profile article on local musician and guitarist Dennis "DP" LaPlant. Born in Sedalia, Missouri, LaPlant started his first band at age 10. During his musical career, he performed and recorded with the Jerry...
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...
Elizabeth Wilkinson Vaughan
August 20, 2005
Obituary notice for Elizabeth Vaughan who died May 14, 2005, at the age of 97. She was a professional concert soprano for five decades. "Her voice often could be heard on the radio on KCKN-AM. Elizabeth...
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...
Famous Local Musican: Bill Organ
Profile article on Bill Organ, known as "Billie O", who began playing drums with a local group known as the By-Gones "of which Larry Emmet had joined, a band started by the bassist from 'Larry Emmett &...
Famous Local Musician: Allen Monroe
Profile article on keyboardist Allen Monroe, getting his start in the Kansas City music scene when he was in high school. He and local musicians Wes Blackman and the late Aaron Strawn formed a band called...
Famous Local Musician: Groovy Grant Hopkins
Brief biographical article on Groovy Grant Hopkins, an on-air personality on KKFI. Hopkins hosts the program "OG's Hang-Out" which airs weekly playing Old School, R & B, Jazz, Gospel and some one-of-a-kind...
Famous Local Musician: Jim "Sweet Lips" Wilson
Profile article on Jim Wilson, a local saxophonist, who got his first professional gig at the age of 15 with Larry Emmett & the Sliders playing West coast swing music. Wilson has played with the likes...
Guadalupe Center Photograph Album 1, Page 73
Musical group, Hispanic young men identified as "Joe Vera with first orchestra, 1932." Location probably Guadalupe Center.
He Taught Northeast to Dance
October 19, 2005
Dean Hughson in his "e-interviews" column features Eddie Oyer who for many years has been a music and dance teacher in the Northeast area. He also plays for the Budd Park Christian Church on Sundays and...
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.
It's a Wonderful Life For KC Legend DiPardo
July 22, 2007
Tony DiPardo is featured in the Jason Whitlock sports commentary column. DiPardo will be 95 soon and a party is planned for him on August 26 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center hotel. He and his band have...
It's His World
February 24-March 2, 2005
Profile of Kansas City lounge singer Al Lotta, house entertainer at the Cigar Box Bar, 1519 Grand Boulevard.
Jazz Musician Makes Most of Legacy
September 22, 1999
This "City Beat" column written by Steve Penn features local jazz musician Ben Kynard. Kynard made his mark in the 1940s and 1950s as an alto and tenor saxophone player as well as being a composer and...
December 30, 2004
Obituary for Joanne Johnson Baker who died December 27, 2004. She was a local musician and piano teacher and was on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music (UMKC) for 49 years. "Joanne chaired the prestigious...
Joe Sanders and His Band
Performance photo of Joe Sanders with his band.
Joe Sanders At Home
Exterior partial body view of local musician Joe Sanders standing outside his home at 7626 Pennsylvania in Kansas City, Missouri. Photograph believed to have been taken by Harvey Rettberg or his wife while...
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