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Ray, Mrs Sam (Mildred...
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...
Boley Building Profile
Bollman Brothers Company
Interior view of Kansas City salesroom of Bollman Bros. Co., 1211 and 1213 Main Street; pianos and organs, music and musical merchandise.
Boyhood Songs of My Grandfather
Article about the boyhood songs of the author's grandfather in the Ozarks areas of Laclede and Dallas County, Missouri, between 1865 and 1895, with lyrics and written music for seven of the songs, laced...
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...
Advertising card for Bradbury Pianos showing a cabbage on wheels being drawn by a grasshopper and ridden by two crickets as yellow butterflies fly ahead. A flag in the cabbage says: "First Prize Cabbage."...
Advertising card for Bradbury Pianos showing four dogs wearing eye glasses sitting with legs crossed reading newspapers. Front of card says: "Astonishing!." The Bradbury Piano again selected for the White...
Promotional postcard issued by the Free Sewing Machine company of Rockford, Illinois, depicting the trousseau of a bride in the early 20th century.
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...
Brookside Shopping Area
View of the Brookside Shopping area located on Brookside Boulevard. The Brookside Theater located at 6325 Brookside is in partial view and a Jenkins Music Company truck in the street.
Portrait of contralto opera singer Bruna Castagna.
Postcard of Shelter at Budd Park
Building a Graceful Vision Center Will Be Arts Showcase
Time line for the new downtown performing arts center include: 1995-plans began; 2000-architect chosen; 2002-design announced; 2004-ground to be broken; 2007-open and in use. The initial vision of Muriel...
Building a Sound Alternative
Article about the radio station with an eclectic musical format, including styles of Hispanic, blues, and African, among others.
Discusses the move of classical music radio station KXTR from FM to AM and listeners' reactions to that change.
Bye-Bye Jazz and Blues Fest
Article lamenting the loss of the Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival. Reasons for the festival being cancelled in 2002 are described.
Camp Doniphan, Oklahoma
Exterior view of soldiers gathered around what appears to be a phonograph. Identified on front of postcard as "A Gift From Home Furnishes Music For Our Boys. Camp Doniphan,Okla." Soldiers are not identified....
Can the 'Phil' Fill Up the Starlight or Drain It?
[C]ritical look at the scene of possibilities in joining the Philharmonic and the outdoor theater.
Carl Betz--Pioneer in Physical Education
Portrait and biographical article about Professor Carl Betz (1854-1898), a physical education teacher from Milwaukee, in 1885 making Kansas City "the first city in the country to have a permanent physical...
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...
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