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"Blind" Boone Plays On in Columbia - Restoring the Home of a Ragtime Great
Pictures and article about the work to restore the home of John Willliams "Blind" Boone, a great pioneer of American ragtime music. The home is at 10 North Fourth Street in downtown Columbia, Missouri,...
A Coda to a Musical Career
April 30, 2010
Article profiles pianist Myrna Braverman who is retiring after 20 years as a teacher at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. For the past decade she has performed with Yachad: The Traveling Tefillah Band. Braverman...
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...
Performance view of pianist Artur Rubinstein, shown seated and playing the piano.
Portrait of pianist Artur Schnabel.
Biography of Bennie Moten (1894-1935), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of James Scott (1885-1938), Jazz Pianist, Composer, and Teacher
Biography of Jay McShann (1916-2006), Pianist and Bandleader
Biography of Julia Lee (1902-1958), Singer and Pianist
Article spotlights the career of pianist Charles Williams. A native of Kansas City, Kansas, Williams grew up in a musical family and learned to play several instruments at a young age. He identifies his...
Portrait of Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau performing at the piano.
Gaby and Robert Casadesus
Portrait of Gaby and Robert Casadesus, a French husband and wife duo piano team.
Jazz Women at the Keyboard
Chapters of the book about Midwestern women pianists and keyboard players, mostly in the jazz style. Photos and description of Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), a black jazz pianist born in Atlanta and coming...
KC Pianist Richard Cass Dies at 78
December 1, 2009
Retired UMKC professor Richard Cass, "one of Kansas City's most influential musicians and teachers," died of a stroke November 28, 2009. Cass taught at the University for 25 years and was known for his...
Keeping That KC Vibe
Cover story about Eldar Djangirov, the piano prodigy who came to Kansas City from Kyrgystan around 1997 at the age of 10. Companion article "Good Press for Eldar" quotes reviews fromother newspapers about...
Local, National, International
Interview with Behzod Abduraimov, 21-year-old pianist who won the 2009 grand prize at the esteemed London International Piano Competition. Abduraimov grew up in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and attended Park College...
Mary Lou Williams
Information on Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981), born in Atlanta as Mary Elfrieda Scruggs, a prominent black jazz pianist of Kansas City. Williams came to Kansas City in 1928 as a pioneer woman jazz musician...
Missouri's Role in the Ragtime Revolution
History of ragtime music, a precursor of jazz music played mainly by African-American pianists, originating in the American Midwest in the late 19th century and giving way to jazz and blues mostly by 1910,...
Mrs. Ruth Seufert Dies
January 27, 1975
Picture and obituary for Mrs. Ruth Seufert, "Kansas City concert impresario for more than three decades," with residence at 3700 West 52nd Terrace in Roeland Park, Kansas. Native of Bonner Springs, Kansas...
Musical Aliens Find Each Other in Kansas City
Article spotlights the careers of two Kansas City jazz musicians, Mike Ning and Victor Perelmuter and tells the story of how they found their way to Kansas City. Ning, a pianist, was born in China but...
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