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A Date with Marilyn Maye
Photos and biographical article about Marilyn Maye, a local singer and "RCA Victor recording star" "nominated for the Grammy Award."
A Different Drummer
May 5, 2011
Feature article on local drummer and instructor Brandon Draper, who describes his father's musical influence as well as his career. Draper currently teaches at Shawnee Mission West High School and Kansas...
A Gloomy Day When KC Lost Its Philharmonic
August 19, 2006
Author recounts her experiences as a cellist for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra on the evening of its last public performace, February 19th, 1982.
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,...
A Good-By to W. H. Leib
Biographical article about W. H. Leib, "one of the pioneers of the musical circles here," retiring from 30 years of teaching music in the Kansas City School District at the age of 70.
A Grand Finale
Preview of a Folly Theatre concert featuring jazz violinist Claude "Fiddler" Williams and pianist Eldar Djangirov. The article delves into the history of Williams' eventful 70-plus year career.
A Jazz Lover's Club Scene Synopsis 2001
Annotated list of current (2001) live jazz clubs or venues (restaurants, night clubs, hotels, etc.) in the Kansas City area with information on performing musicians, etc.
A Letter from Home
Photos and biographical article about Pat Metheny, "one of the world's leading jazz guitarists" and a native of Lee's Summit, Missouri. Description of his life and career, starting out as a professional...
A Look at New York: Kansas Citian Has a Hit on Broadway
Photo and biographical article about native Kansas Citian Burt Bacharach, a composer for motion pictures and popular and classical music. Description of his nationally prominent career and early life in...
A Pianist with a Passion
April 29, 2010
Obituary for Kansas City jazz pianist and piano tuner Byron Floyd "Pete" Eye (77). His band, the Pete Eye Trio, played regular shows at the Carriage Club for 20 years. In 1992, Eye was honored as an Elder...
A Player without Plays
December 1, 2006
Article profiling the commercial success of the Quality Hill Playhouse and its cabaret performances emceed by J. Kent Barnhart. The theater, located at 303 W. 10th Street, had been operating for 12 years...
The Harriman-Jewell Series began in 1965 when Richard Harriman and Dean Dunham recognized the need to bring performers to Kansas City. Luciano Pavarotti was among the musicians who made their U.S. debuts...
A Proven Legend . . . and a Promising Newcomer
Article describes the life and career of Jay McShann on the occasion of a December 13, 2003 performance at the Folly Theater. McShann was born on January 12, 1916; he came to kansas City from Muskogee,...
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...
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...
A Rock 'n Roll Artist for all Ages - Bob Walkenhorst's Voice is Clear
September 1, 2005
Profile of Kansas City musician Bob Walkenhorst who brings his music into school classrooms.
A Smart Decision for Widow of the 'Fiddler'
September 28, 2010
Article reports on a display case at the LaBudde Special Collections Department at the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City showcasing memorabilia of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams'...
A Very Deserving Music Star
May 13, 2006
Marilyn Maye will receive a Lifetime Achivement Award May 20 at the Coda Jazz Fund Benefit Concert. Leon Brady will also receive an award.
A Voice at Bey
February, 1993-March, 1993
Biographical article about the life and career of Kansas City jazz chanteuse Queen Bey.
About Faces: Minnie Hauk
Brief description of the life and career of Minnie Hauk, an opera singer born on a farm near Sumner, Kansas, and returning to the area in 1883 for performances in Kansas City, Leavenworth, and Lawrence....
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