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Blues for Passing of a 'Piano Man'
Photo and obituary for Roy Searcy (1919-2000), a blues musician in Kansas City since moving here in May 1942, describing his career and restaurant venues and famous acquaintances, such as Jay McShann and...
Bob Brookmeyer: KC Roots/UMKC Connection
Article describes the life and career of jazz musician and Kansas City native Bob Brookmeyer. Brookmeyer, "a performer of enormous stature for more than 4 decades," graduated from Paseo High School in...
Body and Soul
Chapter of biography examining Charlie Parker's parents, his early years in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, and his musical beginnings in the Vine Street nightclub district. Includes details about an...
Books of Today: Kurtz in a Book of Caricatures
Illustrated caricature and caption about Efrem Kurtz, "conductor of the Kansas City Philharmonic," appearing in the book "Ballet Laughs" by Alex Gard, depicting Kurtz "in the period before 1943 when he...
Article profiles local musican Brad Gregory, described as "one of the pacesetters in the Kansas City saxophone community." A native of Edmonton, Canada, Gregory began playing saxophone at age 13 and went...
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...
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...
Bullets Was Flyin' All over the Bandstand. ..: Trumpeter Oliver Todd Remembers Piney Brown's Sunset Crystal Palace. ..and a Young Charlie Parker
Photos, interview, and biographical article about Oliver Todd (ca. 1916-2001), a former African American jazz trumpeter of 1930s Kansas City and native of Kansas City, Kansas. Reminiscences of the local...
Capturing the Castle
June 26-July 2, 2014
Article describes the efforts of volunteers working to restore the Vine Street Workhouse, otherwise known as the Castle, located at 2001 Vine Street. Daniel and Ebony Edwards are interviewed and describe...
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...
Photo and bio of Carl Busch, "director of the Oratorio Society and of the Philharmonic Orchestra," born in Jutland, Denmark, in 1862, moving to America in 1887 and before 1900 Kansas City, composing many...
Folder includes testimonial concert souvenir program, Nov. 25, 1923, musical programs, personal greeting, picture, and newspaper clipping from the Kansas City Times, Dec. 2, 1981. The vertical files in...
File contains information about Carl Busch, the founder and conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. He was a native of Denmark and musical composer of the early 20th century, included in the 1912...
Obituary for Carl Queisert, an early local musician dying in 1968.
Photos and information on Carlene Neihart, a music teacher at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and organist at the Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church in the 1960s-1970s, with residence...
Interior view of Carleton Coon seated with his drum/percussion set. Sign says "The Original Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra." Exact location not given.
Portrait of Carleton Coon, autographed to Joe Sanders.
Portrait pose of Carleton Coon.
May 11, 1926
View of Carleton Coon standing aboard the "Pere Marquette 21" ship on Lake Michigan between Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Ludington, Michigan. Sanders in his scrapbook notes: "Coonie, romancing over the blue...
October 3, 1931
Exterior view of Carleton Coon seated in the back seat of a convertible with two women in Olean, New York. Edmiston identifies in his book as: "A very ample Coonie, with female chaperones, Olean, New York,...
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