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Clarence Kenner (Sonny)
File containing photos and information on Clarence Kenner, or Sonny Kenner, a nationally prominent jazz guitarist and native Kansas Citian raised at 1818 Woodland Avenue and dying in 2001 at the age of...
December 2011/January 2012
Article profiles Clarence Smith, musical director of the Kansas City Youth Jazz (KCYJ) program. Smith continues the work of Leon and Linda Brady, who started KCYJ in 2001. Smith previously served as director...
Class and location is unidentified but back of photograph says that Charles Johnson is playing drum.
Classical Music: Kansas City Chorale Sings Rachmaninoff
Photo (of chorale director Charles Bruffy) and article about the Kansas City Chorale and its high-quality classical music recordings on compact discs.
Brief article describing the life and musical career of Claude "Fiddler" Williams. Williams, originally from Muskogee, Oklahoma, first played the mandolin, banjo and cello, before he switched to violin...
Claude "Fiddler" Williams Is Coming Back: Northeast Cultural Arts Announces Sixth Free Concert Series
Announcement of the planned appearance of Claude Williams, or Fiddler Williams, an award-winning jazz musician "performing a number of jazz classics" at the Independence Boulevard Christian Church, 606...
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams
Obituary for Claude "Fiddler" Williams, who died in Kansas City April 25, 2004 at the age of 96. Williams last performace was at the Club at Plaza III in December, 2003.
Claude ''Fiddler'' Williams 1908-2004, 'He Lived For His Music'
April 26, 2004
Claude "Fiddler" Williams, local jazz musician, died April 25, 2004, at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a jazz violinist for more than 75 years, attaining global acclaim. At the...
Claude Williams Celebrates 89 in the Nest
Article describes the February, 1997 birthday of Claude "Fiddler" Williams (his 89th), which Williams celebrated in Washington, D.C. by playing 5 gigs in two days. Williams' performances included 3 at...
Claude Williams, Personal Notes on a Humble Hero and Friend
Reminiscences and biographical profile of Claude "Fiddler" Williams, written on the occasion of his death in April, 2004. The piece includes an extensive discography of Williams' recordings.
Portrait of Chilean pianist Claudio Arrau performing at the piano.
Clear Your Calendar -- Stan's Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash Coming May 20!
May 1, 2006
Article announces the May 20, 2006 celebration of Big Joe Turner's birthday by the Kansas City Blues Society. Turner (whose birth date is actually May 18th), is best remembered for his original version...
Profile of Club 427, which was located at 427 Main in the City Market area. The club was known for its accoustics and interior decor, fine dining, and the notable jazz musicians on its bandstand.
Club Forest, New Orleans, Louisiana
Exterior, full front view of Club Forest located in New Orleans, Louisana. The band played here for three weeks in August-September, 1931.
Club Profile: Birdland
Review of the Birdland nightclub, located at 1600 E. 19th in 1995. In the 1950's and 60's, the club at this location was known as "The Mardi Gras."
Clyde Austin and Earle Roberts
Interior view identified on back of photo as Clyde Austin and Earle Roberts who played banjo. Indicates they are in Brian Rust's The American Dance Band Discography, 1917-1942. Both have correspondence...
Coda Jazz Fund to Place Marker on Jazz Legend Moten's Grave
March 28-April 3, 2014
Article announces that an engraved marble marker placed at the grave site of Bennie Moten in Highland Cemetery will be unveiled during a ceremony on April 2, 2014. CODA Jazz Fund committee chairperson,...
Come, Hear the Music Play: Eight Questions for John Kander
Interview with John Kander, composer of "Cabaret", "New York, New York", "Chicago", and "Kiss of the Spider Woman". Kander received some of his musical training in Kansas City, which he left at the age...
Composer of "Kansas City Album" Is Well Known for Many Successes on Broadway
Photo and biographical article about Robert Russell Bennett, or Robert Bennett, a 55-year-old "composer-conductor" appearing in his native Kansas City to conduct his "Kansas City Album" tone-poem with...
Composer Returns, Strikes a Witty Note
April 1, 1982
Biographical article about Virgil Thomson, a native Kansas Citian and Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music composer. Co-composer of "two operas" with Gertrude Stein as an expatriate in Paris between...
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