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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,...
''Rupe'': Wayne Ruppenthal
Article describing the life and career of trumpeter Wayne Ruppenthal. Ruppenthal, a native of Russell, Kansas, began taking cornet lessons at age 13 from "Mr. Deines", a former member of the Coon-Sanders...
'Blind Boone': A Sensational Missourian Forgotten
April 1, 1961
Article with an brief general history of ragtime music, "the ancestor of all popular music," and a biographical sketch of John William Boone, or Blind Boone (1864-1927), a prominent black musician living...
'Home on the Range' to Stay
Photos and article about the composition of the song "Home on the Range" at Smith Center, Kansas, in 1872 by Brewster Higley. Description of the song's origins being forgotten until the 1950s with actions...
. ..Presenting Delbert E. Johnson: Swing Nominee for Man of the Month
Illustration and biographical article about Delbert Johnson, 40-year-old "organizer of the Kansas City May Music Festival," originally coming to Kansas City from his native Indiana in 1945 "as Minister...
2004 Conclave, The Heartland of America, Kansas-Missouri-Oklahoma
Second Quarter, 2004
A supplement to Marquee, the Journal of the Theatre Historical Society of America, features several Kansas City theaters. They include: Aladdin, Englewood in Independence, Mo., Gem, Folly, Lyric, Madrid,...
54-56 Janssen Place Opens to Friends
History and description of the residence originally home to the founder of the Jenkins Music Company, J. W. Jenkins, at 54-56 Janssen Place.
A Beethoven "First" in St. Louis
Article chronicling the early history of classical music performances and organizations in Saint Louis, starting with German immigrants in the 1830s. Description of some of their early performances, including...
A Conversation with Ron Teamer
Interview with Ron Teamer, a Kansas City blues musician and guitarist/vocalist for the Ron Teamer Band. In the article, Teamer discusses when he first started playing guitar and life experiences that have...
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 Library Moves into a Community Center
Photos and article about the installment of "[a] branch of the Kansas City Public Library" into the Jewish Community Center, also home to the Resident Theater, "fast becoming an outstanding Little Theater...
A New Sound for Downtown
Article about the restoration of three local live-entertainment theaters, the Music Hall (in Municipal Auditorium), Folly Theater (Downtown), and Midland Theater (at the Crown Center shopping mall), partly...
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 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.
Among Kansas City's Artists [and] Where All the World's a Stage
Photos and biographical sketches of several Kansas City musicians, singers and music teachers, including Jennie Schultz, Charles Cease, E. Geneve Lichtenwalter (in the Studio building), Nelle Troutman...
An Afternoon with Jay McShann
Interview with Jay McShann, in which he discusses his jazz education, playing with Joe Turner, and his upbringing in a religious family.
An Annotated Bibliography of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement (With Emphasis on Publications from 1980 to the Present)
Author states this bibliography grew out of teaching courses at Morgan State University on U.S. history, including a course on the civil rights movement. The bibliography is divided into Anthologies/Reference...
Andrew Foldi Appears in Kansas City Opera
One paragraph about the substitution of a singer in the opera "Carmen" at the "Kansas City Opera Festival."
Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, In Rememberance
A collection of stories by various Kansas City musicians in remembrance of Annetta "Cotton Candy" Washington, "Kansas City's Queen of the Blues," who passed away on Dec. 25, 2007.
Another Festival That Once Was
Article citing the lack of attendance and support for the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, leading to its cancellation in 2002.
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