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Arts: Keeping the Blues Alive in KC
Photo and article about the history of the Kansas City Blues Society, founded in 1981 at the Charlotte Street Mission and growing to become "a national force" by 2001 with signing of several prominent...
Performance view of pianist Artur Rubinstein, shown seated and playing the piano.
Portrait of pianist Artur Schnabel.
B. C. Kynard
Obituary for B. C. Kynard, "57, of 2942 East [29th Street], a noted jazz musician who played here over a period of 40 years." Description of his life and career as a native of Arkansas coming to Kansas...
File contains photos and information on Sam Lovett, or Baby Lovett, an African American jazz drummer raised in Louisiana and coming to Kansas City about 1922 as "a sound-effects man for silent movies"...
Back Home in KC, a Jazz Legend Gets the Recognition He's Due
October 18, 2008
Two Kansas City jazz musicians, Luqman Hamza and Curtis Fuller, received the American Jazz Museum's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hamza (formerly known as Larry Cummings) is a singer and pianist who...
Back to the Stage
Photos and biographical article about Claude Williams, or Fiddler Williams, a 92-year-old jazz fiddle (or violin) musician re-starting his musical career in Kansas City after a car accident. Description...
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...
Postcard of the Baltimore Hotel
Band at Electric Park
A band on stage at Electric Park.
Band's Tune Carries On for 30 Years
File containing photos and a biographical article about the Kansas City popular music group Bloodstone, performers of the 1970s song "Natural High" (written by band leader Charles McCormick) after forming...
Orchestra in formal dress onstage.
Bassist Milt Abel, a Key Player in KC Jazz, Dies at 77
February 6, 2006
Local jazz bass player Milt Abel died February 3, 2006, at age 77. He and his first wife, Bettye Miller, performed for many years at the Horseshoe Lounge on Troost Avenue near East Linwood Boulevard. She...
Beatin' the Heat
May 20-26, 2004
Article describes the author's visit to the Mutual Musicians Foundation, at 1823 Highland. In 2004, the building is host to all night jam sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.
Beloved KC Sax Man Dies of Cancer
August 3, 2013
Brief article in tribute to Kerry Strayer, Kansas City baritone saxophone player and staple of the jazz music scene. The author states that Strayer was 56 at the time of his death from cancer on August...
Photo and information on Bennie Moten (1894-1935), a black pianist, bandleader and native of Kansas City, leading in the development of the Kansas City style of jazz. Starting his own ragtime band here...
Biographical article about Miss Bernardine Read, a musical recording artist from Kansas.
Photos and information on Bettye Miller, an African American jazz pianist of Kansas City (starting in the 1950s) and native of Clinton, Missouri.
Between Rock and a Good Place
January 29, 2012
Article profiles twelve women who are influencing the local music scene in various ways: Kristie Stremel, soloist and former member of Frogpond and Exit 159; Hearts of Darkness singers Brandy Gordon, Rachel...
Big Joe Turner
November 25, 1985
Obituary article about Big Joe Turner, an early Kansas City blues singer dying at the age of 74 on November 24, 1985 in California. Former singer and bartender "at the Sunset Club, owned by Felix Payne,...
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