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Widow of Slain Musician Vows not to Contest Parole of Husband's Killer
June 22-28, 2007
On June 1, 2007, Raymond Bledsoe, convicted of the 1980 murder of Kansas City jazz musician Steve Harvey, became eligible for parole from a Colorado federal penitentiary. Bledsoe was orginally acquitted...
Who's Who in Kansas City
Photos and biographical article about Allen Hinckley, a "vocal teacher" born in Boston in 1877 and coming to Kansas City in 1917 after touring the world as an opera singer, becoming "head of vocal department...
Where the Bird Rests
Photo and caption about the Lincoln Cemetery (at 8604 East Truman Road in Kansas City, Missouri) grave of Charlie Parker (1920-1955), a prominent black jazz musician nicknamed Bird in his start in 1930s...
When Elvis Was Here
Article describes the author's attempts to speak with Elvis Presley during his 1971 appearance in Kansas City. Presley and his retinue secured two floors of the Hilton Inn at 7th and Washington for their...
What Did KC Think?
Article composed of the reactions of 32 prominent Kansas City jazz musicians and personalities to Ken Burns' "Jazz" series, broadcast in 2001 on PBS.
We Speak of Italians
Illustrated map of Italy and article about the Kansas Citians of Italian descent and their often unfair treatment in the newspapers for their comparatively few members of organized crime. Mention of several...
We Knew 'Em When
Photos and biographical article about various past members of radio programs (or radio shows) on WHB-AM, some going on to become famous such as the following: Louis Forbstein (a musical composer for "the...
Watkins Serves City With Love
January 11, 2002
Part of Steve Penn's Commentary column. He praises the Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel funeral home for assisting with buriels of jazz musicians in need as well as recently with the funeral of Precious...
Warren Durrett: Perfectionist, Craftsman, and a Jazz Lover Who Made a Difference
Obituary, biography, and excerpts from the eulogy of Kansas City bandleader Warren Durrett, who died March 24, 2002, at the age of 81. From 1945 to 1986, "Warren's bands represented the best that the big...
Obituary for Ward Perry, a pianist and organist formerly at the old Garden Theater, Orpheum Theater, Main Street Theater, Plaza Royale, and Putsch's 210 until dying at the age of 68 in 1957.
File contains photos and information on Walter Cook, a music teacher at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music starting in 1949, native of Kansas City, Kansas, and winner of "the...
Walker Benefit Lost Money
Article about the debt created for the Independence Jaycees as sponsors of a concert (in Kansas City featuring Nashville musicians) intended to help pay the medical expenses of Jeff Walker, a 14-year-old...
Folder contains musical programs, press and personal comments, advertisements, a description of the Grand Gilmore Music Festival, 1888, and a photocopy of a newspaper article from the Joplin, Mo., Daily...
Vocalist Rosetta Robinson Dies
Obituary for Rosetta Robinson, a Kansas City jazz and gospel singer who died after collapsing from an anuerysm March 15, 2004 during a concert at the Blue Room. Robinson, a native of Poplar Bluff, Missouri,...
Photos and information on Virgil Thomson (1896-1989), a classical music composer raised in Kansas City. Born at 10th and Virginia Avenues and raised on Wabash Street before moving to Paris after World...
File containing photos and information on Vinson Cole, a professional opera singer born in Kansas City about 1951 and graduating from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music in 1972....
Vince Bilardo, 1928-2009
Tribute to recently deceased Kansas City percussionist, Vince Bilardo. Described as the "gold standard" of jazz drummers in Kansas City, Bilardo worked with nearly every notable musician in the area during...
Unsung Heroes of Rock' n ' Roll
File containing photos and a chapter of the book about Big Joe Turner (1911-1985), a jazz and blues singer in 1920s-1930s Kansas City. Native Kansas Citian starting out here at such nightclubs as the Sunset...
Unknown man seated at a piano at the Hotel Muehlebach's Plantation Grill.
Group portrait of members of an unknown orchestra or band standing before the stage at the Hotel Muehlebach in what is believed to be the Plantation Grill. Sign hanging from the top middle of back drop...
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