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A Proven Legend . . . and a Promising Newcomer
Article describes the life and career of Jay McShann on the occasion of a December 13, 2003 performance at the Folly Theater. McShann was born on January 12, 1916; he came to kansas City from Muskogee,...
An Afternoon with Jay McShann
Interview with Jay McShann, in which he discusses his jazz education, playing with Joe Turner, and his upbringing in a religious family.
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Confessin' the Blues, The Music of Jay McShann
Count Basie and That Kansas City Jazz
Article about the second jazz festival in two years, possibly to become annual.
May 2, 2004
Feature story on the Coda Jazz Fund and the help they provide for funeral arrangements for local jazz musicians who don't have enough of their own money for burial. Features the upcoming 2004 benefit concert...
Photos, illustrations, and information on Jay McShann, a jazz pianist born in Oklahoma about 1916 and coming to Kansas City in 1937, playing with several prominent jazz musicians and at many clubs, starting...
Jay McShann--A Kansas City Jazz Legend
Biographical article about Jay McShann, "[r]ecognized as one of the great blues and jazz musicians of the twentieth century," born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, in 1916 and coming to Kansas City in 1937 as a...
Jay McShann 1916-2006
March 1, 2007
Article memorializing Kansas City jazz great Jay McShann, composed of quotes about the musician by friends, fellow musicians, scholars, and fans.
Jay McShann: "It's Still a Gas Playing in Kansas City"
Interview with Kansas City jazz legend Jay McShann. McShann discusses his personal jazz history, as well as his relationship with Charlie Parker.
Jay McShann: Still Swingin' Away
Photos and biographical article about James Columbus McShann, or Jay McShann, a longtime black jazz and blues musician of Kansas City born in Oklahoma in 1916 and coming here in the 1930s as a pianist...
Kansas City. ..and All That's Jazz
Interview of McShann revealing "how one learned the music [of jazz and blues]. ..what the jazz scene was like in and around Kansas City during the late 1930s and early 1940s. ..and how Kansas City jazz...
Last of the Blue Devils
Presents the story of Kansas City music in the twenties and thirties, when this midwestern city acquired an intense concentration of nightlife. Includes performances by, and interviews with, Count Basie...
Legendary Musician Dies
December 8-14, 2006
Article reporting the death of Jay McShann, a Kansas City bebop jazz pioneer. McShann, known to his friends as "Hootie," was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma in 1916, relocated to Kansas City in 1936, and formed...
Library Receives Legendary Jazz Collections
October 21, 2009
Pam McShann, daughter of Jay McShann, has donated her father's papers to the Special Collections Department at Miller Nichols Library. The collection, which includes videos of interviews, photographs,...
McShann Jazz Memorabilia Collection Now at UMKC
September 8, 2009
Short announcement that Jay McShann's collection of video-recorded interviews and performances, photographs, awards, and other memorabilia was donated to the University of Missouri-Kansas City by McShann's...
New Outdoor Performance Space at 18th & Vine
Photo, illustration, and news about the official dedication of the "new outdoor pavilion at the American Jazz Pavilion" in the 18th and Vine District, attended by and named for Jay McShann, a prominent...
Pantheon of Jazz Loses a Pillar
December 8, 2006
Legendary pianist and bandleader Jay McShann died December 7, 2006. In the late 1930s, McShann's seven-piece band played extended gigs at Martin's Cafeteria and Plaza Tavern at the Plaza. His group was...
Remembering Piano Great Jay McShann
January 1, 2007
Brief article, accompanied by several photographs, describing the author's first exposure to the music of Jay McShann, and offering last respects to the musician, who died in 2006. The author writes that...
Swingin' since KC was Wide Open
September 18, 2005
Interview with jazz pianist, Jay McShann
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