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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
Articles about the concert appearance of singer James Brown in Kansas City Municipal Auditorium on Thanksgiving night, 1966, with photos. Prior to the concert descriptions were given about his musical...
Close-up portrait of vocalist Jane Kaye, featured with Joe Sanders and his orchestra in the 1930s.
Jazz Singer Chris Connor Dies
September 1, 2009
Obituary for Chris Connor (81), a Kansas City native and prominent big-band jazz singer of the 1940s and 50s. Connor was best known for her work with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, recording the hit song "All...
Julia Lee (The Last of the Great Blues Singers)
Photo and biographical article about Julia Lee (1902-1958), an early Kansas City jazz and blues singer and pianist starting in the 1910s with her brother, bandleader George Lee. Description of her life...
K. C.'s Top Rock Concerts of the Millennium [sic]
Photos of ticket stubs and posters and review of "the Top Ten Best Rock Concerts to play here the past millennium [sic]": (1) the Beatles at Municipal Stadium in 1964; (2) the Rolling Stones and Stevie...
Kansas City Singers
File contains newspaper clippings, brochures, etc., on the local vocal group called the Kansas City Singers. The director of the group is Robert Grove.
Kansas City's Queen of the Blues Is Gone--(But Not Forgotten)
Photos and biographical article about Julia Lee (1902-1958), a black singer and pianist starting her career in the 1910s in Kansas City and earning "her reputation as one of the country's greatest blues...
December 2014/January 2015
Interview with singer Karrin Allyson, who looks upon Kansas City as “most definitely my jazz musical home.” Allyson discusses her music background, her holiday album, what goes into choosing her repertoire,...
KC Blues Scene Mourns Singer
December 26, 2007
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, local blues singer, died December 25, 2007, at the age of 76. Her death was due to complications from a stroke. "She was a founding member of the Kansas City Blues Society...and...
KC Mourns Loss of Singer, Advocate
August 29, 2013
The local music community is mourning the death of singer/songwriter Abigail Hope Henderson. During her music career Henderson performed with bands such as Trouble Junction, the Gas Lights, and Atlantic...
KC Symphony, DiDonato Take a Turn on TV
July 15, 2012
Review of the documentary, "Homecoming: the Kansas City Symphony Presents Joyce DiDonato" produced by PBS and KCPT-TV, and shown as part of PBS Arts Summer Festival. Featuring interviews and views backstage,...
KC Voice Rings Around the World
November 3, 2013
Biographical article that focuses upon the life of opera singer Vinson Cole. Cole's upbringing in the Swope Park area of Kansas City is summarized. Details related to his music education and later career...
KC's Performing Artists Anticipate Downtown Revival
Article describes the creative energy growing in Kansas City's performing arts community in response to the proposed performing arts center and other downtown revitalization projects.
Laura Cansler Remembers Loman
Loman Cansler's wife recalls and writes about Loman's love of collecting folk songs, especially in Missouri. Loman was a counselor at North Kansas City High School for many years and the Canslers and their...
Photo and caption about the benefit concert at Municipal Auditorium given by the Independence Jaycees for the financial relief of Jeff Walker, a 14-year-old Independence resident paralyzed in a car accident...
Louis' Children: American Jazz Singers
Chapter of the book about the black Kansas City jazz musicians Little Jimmy Rushing, Big Joe Turner and Pha Terrell," all singers. Description of James Andrew Rushing (1905-1972), as a native of Oklahoma...
Founded in 1958, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City has been "a bit of a renegade operation." Founder Russell Patterson adopted the European pattern of smaller halls and the use of young singers who can devote...
Mama Ray Hosting August Jam
Article profiles the career of blues singer Diane "Mama" Ray. Born into a musical family, Ray took singing and music lessons as a young child and performed in a variety of productions. In 1962, she moved...
File contains newspaper clippings about Marion Talley (1906-1983), opera singer and actress.
McBeth Asked to Perform at Democratic Convention: KC Jazz Great Is to Sing National Anthem
File containing a photo and biographical article about Ida McBeth, "one of the most popular singers on the local jazz scene for many years" and performer of "'The Star Spangled Banner' on the final day...
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