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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...
A Player without Plays
December 1, 2006
Article profiling the commercial success of the Quality Hill Playhouse and its cabaret performances emceed by J. Kent Barnhart. The theater, located at 303 W. 10th Street, had been operating for 12 years...
Hampton's Hot Licks
October - November, 2005
Article recounting an August 28, 2005 birthday celebration for Charlie Parker held at his grave site in Lincoln Cemetery. The event, attended by about 250 fans and 30 Parker family members, was captured...
Memories of Ed Toler, Other KC Bluesmen of '70's, '80's
March 1, 2006
Article recounts the author's memories of "Uncle Ed" Toler, a legendary Kansas City blues guitarist and bassist. Toler, who played guitar in a group known as the Evil Scoutmasters and bass in the Bon Ton...
The Night the Skywalks Fell
Article recounts the Hyatt Regency skywalk collapse of July 17, 1981 from the perspective of the musicians who performed at the hotel whenthe tragedy took place. A large group of musicians were on hand...
Recovering Musician Gets Help from Pals
January 12, 2006
Article reporting a stroke suffered by long-time Scamps tenor saxophonist Eddie Saunders, and efforts by his numerous friends in the Kansas City jazz community to support and assist him.
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...
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...
A Smart Decision for Widow of the 'Fiddler'
September 28, 2010
Article reports on a display case at the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City showcasing memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams'...
Mama Ray Marks 20 Years
August 1, 2006
Article reports the 20 year anniversary of Diane "'Mama" Ray's vocals at the Saturday afternoon blues jam session at Harling's Upstairs (3941 Main St.). The author writes that the tradition actually began...
Jazz Wouldn't Be the Same Without Her
May 16, 2010
Article reviews the life of Mary Lou Williams (May 8, 1901-1981) and her contribution to jazz on the occasion of her 100th birthday. "Mary Lou Williams was 19 when she played piano on the first recordings...
Article spotlights the career of jazz trombonist, pianist, and composer Bob Brookmeyer. In 2006, Brookmeyer received the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Award--the "nation's highest...
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...
Musical Aliens Find Each Other in Kansas City
Article spotlights the careers of two Kansas City jazz musicians, Mike Ning and Victor Perelmuter and tells the story of how they found their way to Kansas City. Ning, a pianist, was born in China but...
Article spotlights the entertainment career of Lonnie McFadden, a dancer, singer, and trumpet player. McFadden toured with R&B bands as a teenager before forming Lonnie and the Band with his brother Ronald,...
'Blind Boone': A Sensational Missourian Forgotten
April 1, 1961
Article with an brief general history of ragtime music, "the ancestor of all popular music," and a biographical sketch of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), a prominent black musician living...
Mrs. Ethel L. Buxton: Former Concert Singer Is Dead
Nov. 3, 1968
Article with photo about the life and death of Ethel L. Buxton who died Nov. 2, 1968. She is remembered as the "daughter" of the 90th infantry division in Germany in World War I and as a concert singer...
Articles about the concert appearance of singer James Brown in Kansas City Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving night, 1966, with photos. Prior to the concert descriptions were given about his musical...
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.
Stan Kessler: Man with the Golden Horn
As part of its "I Love the Nightlife" series about Jewish jazz musicians, this article profiles Stan Kessler. In addition to playing with his Sons of Brazil band, Kessler teaches private pupils and is...
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