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The Man With A Horn
July 1, 2006
Jazz trumpeter Mike Metheny, brother of Pat Metheny, returned to Kansas City from Boston, where he taught music theory and improvisation courses at Berklee College of Music, and took up the pen as editor...
The Man behind the Music
Photos and biographical article about Carl Stalling (1891-1972), a prominent Warner Brothers cartoon musician starting out in Kansas City with Walt Disney in the early 1920s. Description of his life and...
The Last Season For DiPardo
December 9, 2008
Because of remodeling changes coming to Arrowhead Stadium, the TD Pack Band, originated by Tony DiPardo in 1963, will no longer be playing at Kansas City Chiefs home games. Their last appearance will be...
The Last Picture of Patsy Cline
November 27, 2005
Feature article in the Star Magazine which gives information on local amateur photographer Mildred Keith. Mildred, a 1939 graduate of Paseo High School, attended local country and western shows for many...
The Kansas City Style of Jazz
The authors in this book have traced the history and personalities involved in the immergence of the unique style of jazz that originated in the heartland and in particular in Kansas City during the 1920s-1940s....
The Kansas City Spirit: Cantata for Solo and Mixed Voices
Booklet of written music and lyrics of the song, "The Kansas City Spirit," with music by Carl Busch and lyrics by Clara Virginia Townsend, or Clara Townsend.
The Jumpin' Blues
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography detailing the beginning of Charlie Parker's playing with professional touring bands, including that of Jay McShann. The author follows Parker's departure from Kansas City in the late...
Photos and article about "Kansas City's second Jubilesta" in 1937, with national entertainment stars appearing and performing at Municipal Auditorium such as Benny Goodman, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy,...
The Jazz Record Book
File containing information on the late jazz pianist Benny Moten and his Kansas City swing band of the 1920s-1930s with members such as trombonist Thamon Hayes and saxophonist Harlan Leonard.
The Jazz Disciple: Gerald Dunn
Article describes the career of Gerald Dunn, the ''Jazz Disciple''. In addition to his own jazz radio show on community radio station KKFI (90.1 FM), Dunn works at the American Jazz Museum, performs, records,...
The Jazz Ambassadors at 33-1/3 (Years, That Is!)
A brief history of the Jazz Ambassadors and its growth as an offshoot of the Jazz Commission. Mentioned are the origins of the Jazz Pub Crawl and the 1986 start of JAM (Jazz Ambassadors Magazine).
The Horn Doctor is In
March 18, 2015
Profile of Mike Corrigan (the "Horn Doctor") and his business Best American Craftsman, which produces hand-made trumpets, trombones, and other instruments. Built in a factory in the historic 12th & Vine...
The Guitar and Kansas City Jazz
Article describing the influence of Kansas City musicians on jazz guitar playing.
The Good Ol' 90's
Article listing highlights and staples of the Kansas City jazz scene in the 1980's and 1990's. The author cites a friend as referring to these years as "good old days" of Kansas City jazz.
The Future of Blues in KC
Article profiles three local guitarists who are identified as "the future of blues in Kansas City:" Kyle Elliot (Kyle Elliot and Voodoo Soul), Jeff Graefe (Crosseyed Cat), and Samantha Fish (Samantha Fish...
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...
The Foundation of Kansas City Jazz
December 2006/Janurary 2007
Article describing the talented musicians seen by the author over the years at Mutual Musician's Foundation jam sessions. The author also expresses his opinion of the 2006 crackdown on the serving of alcohol...
The First Kansas Band
Article about the first musical band in Kansas, led by Joseph Savage of Vermont on his river voyage through Kansas City in 1854 into Kansas Territory, playing songs along the way.
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.
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.
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