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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...
Keeping the Beat: Tommy Ruskin is the Town's Top Drummer
As part of its "I Love the Nightlife" series about Jewish jazz musicians, this article profiles Tommy Ruskin. Ruskin performs with his wife, jazz singer Julie Turner, as well as with Bram Wijnands.
KC Conductor Gains New Job in Iowa
March 18, 2006
Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony, Timothy Hankewich, has been hired as music director of the Cedar Rapids, Iowa Symphony. Hankewich, who joined the symphony as resident conductor in 1999,...
Don Accurso Orchestra Keeps 'Music of the '40s' Alive
January 30, 2008
At 81, Don Accurso still leads the orchestra he took over in 1947, as well as selling real estate. Article describes the band's music and includes a list of its members.
May 13-19, 2004
Author describes his experiences at the May 2, 2004 memorial service for legendary Kansas City jazz musician Claude "Fiddler" Williams. According to the author, "You could scarcely swing a cane at Fiddler's...
A Gloomy Day When KC Lost Its Philharmonic
August 19, 2006
Author recounts her experiences as a cellist for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra on the evening of its last public performace, February 19th, 1982.
Autographed portrait of Dick Powell. Autograph reads: "To Madeline & Joe, Lots & Lots of good wishes, Dick Powell."
Autographed portrait of local musician/conductor/composer Carl Busch. Autograph reads: "To dear Doctor Werley La Violette in remembrance of three enjoyable summers as guest teacher in Chicago Musical College...
Autographed portrait of musician, band leader, and radio personality Fred Waring. Autograph reads: "To Joe with love, Fred Waring."
Autographed portrait of opera singer Rosemarie Brancato. Autograph reads: "To Mr. and Mrs. S. Branc[ato], Best Wishes from your niece, Rosemarie."
Autographed publicity portrait of entertainer Harry Richman. Autograph reads: "To 'Joe Sanders' from your loving bass fiddle player, Harry Richman." Richman was a singer, actor, dancer, comedian, pianist,...
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