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The Development [sic] of Musical Interests
Article by Carl Busch, with photo of him, about the development of musical interests in Kansas City, including the establishment of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.
Happy Birthday JAM -- 20 Years!
Article celebrating the 20th anniversary of the creation of JAM (Jazz Ambassadors Magazine). Includes a discussion of the jazz scene in Kansas City, and its evolution over the years.
February 21-27, 2013
Article chronicles the 2013 board election of the Kansas City Blues Society. The organization's history is described. Former members and previous editors of Blues News, the KCBS newsletter, are interviewed...
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.
Talking about Eddie Saunders
Article comprised of memories and stories about Eddie Saunders, a legendary Kansas City jazz musician. Individuals quoted in the piece are Monny Nash, Lucky Wesley, Luqman Hamza, Gerald Dunn, Jim Eriksen,...
Ralph Earl Sutton, Jazz Piano Great, Dies
Article concerning the death of Missouri born jazz musician, Ralph Earl Sutton on Saturday, December 29, 2001, in Colorado. He was born in Hamburg, Missouri, in 1922 and played off and on for many years...
From Pawnshop to Auction Block, this Sax is King
February 20, 2005
Article concerns the auctioning off of Charlie Parker's King Super 20 alto saxophone.
Redistricting Plan Approved
May 17, 2007
Article concerns the recent legislation of the Missouri House in Jefferson City. It includes two issues pertaining to the Kansas City area. Legislation was approved that would make it easier for Kansas...
The Best of Q & A
Article consists of excerpts from JAM's "Q & A" column, dating back ten years. Segments of interviews with numerous Kansas City jazz musicians and personalities are included.
Brothers' Paths All Lead to Jazz
May 14, 2002
Article contrasts brothers Pat and Mike Metheny and their different career paths in jazz. Mike returned to Kansas City where he is editor of JAM magazine. Pat is a jazz guitarist who travels all over the...
A Real French Connection
Article describes a 1997 performance of Karrin Allyson at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Club at the Hotel Meridien Etoile, Paris. Allyson's "near-native pronunciation of French lyrics coupled with soulful renditions...
Marr Sound Archives Receives Collection from Warren Bowman
Article describes a collection left to the Marr Sound Archives in 2004 by deceased Kansas City piantist Warren Bowman. The collection includes a large collection of recordings by contemporary Kansas City...
A Gold Mine
January 15-21, 2004
Article describes a local civil rights tour proposed by Kansas Citian Anita Dixon. The tour includes a stop at the Green Duck Lounge, where African American activist, and founder of Freedom Incorporated,...
'Bird and the Architects of Tomorrow
Article describes an effort by the steering committee of the Kaw valley Arts Council and a group of University of Kansas Architecture students to create a Charlie Parker Memorial Park in Kansas City, Kansas....
The Sound of Music, Live Music
Article describes an entire weekend of live music activities in Kansas City, Missouri. Stops include the Gem Theater, the Blue Room, Jardine's, and the Mutual Musicians Foundation building.
KC’s Jazz Scene is Renewing Itself
December 26, 2010
Article describes events in 2010 that prove the jazz scene is bouncing back after a tough 2009. Among the significant events were Bobby Watson’s new CD, the Prairie Village Jazz Festival and Jazz Winterlude,...
The Early Days of Grand Opera in Kansas City, 1860-1879
Article describes opera companies and singers who visited Kansas City between 1860 and 1879 and their reception by critics and the public.
Making Jazz History: 87 Years and Going Strong
Article describes Spring, 1995 activities of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, was interviewed on February 22, 1995 by Chuck Haddix of the Marr Sound Archives for the Smithsonian Institution's Oral...
The Frank Driggs Jazz Oral History Collection
Article describes the 2004 donation of 375 oral histories of jazz musicians to the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The collection was given to Marr by renowned jazz scholar...
A Raucous and Wild Ride Back in Time
Article describes the 2005 publication of Kansas City Jazz from Ragtime to Bebop--A History, by Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix (Oxford University Press). Includes interview material and biographical information...
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