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Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, blues-based musical style that flourished in the 1920s and '30s, is one of the greatest contributions to the uniquely American art form of jazz. Of the countless musicians and bandleaders who played at nightclubs, ballrooms, social clubs, and all-night jam sessions in the 18th & Vine district during that golden era, none embodied Kansas City jazz more than Bennie Moten. Moten was born and raised in Kansas City, where he studied piano with two of Scott Joplin's former students. While Moten was considered to be a good, but not exceptional, piano player, he excelled as a bandleader and businessman

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Joel Ross, Wayne Shorter & Sonny Stitt

Read "Joel Ross, Wayne Shorter & Sonny Stitt" reviewed by Joe Dimino


The 687th Episode of Neon Jazz begins with vibes star Joel Ross off his latest 2020 CD Who Are You? We spend a good portion of this hour looking into a wealth of music released in 2020 from artists including Ian Hendrickson-Smith, Linda Purl, Joanna Berkebile and Alex Koo. Enjoy the jazz. Playlist Joel ...

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Jim Black, Milt Hinton & Gerald Clayton

Read "Jim Black, Milt Hinton & Gerald Clayton" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with a favorite in the Kansas City area known, The Grand Marquis. The hour also features new music from a variety of jazz musicians all over the world like Jim Black, Christian Tamburr, Emie Roussel, Delasito and FKAJazz. We finish things up with some live music at the Village Vanguard with Gerald ...

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Article: Under the Radar

The Black Swan: A History of Race Records

Read "The Black Swan: A History of Race Records" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Montgomery, Alabama native Perry Bradford was an African-American composer and vaudeville musician when he approached General Phonograph Company, Director of Artists, Fred Hagar in 1920. Bradford was pitching Mamie Smith, a relatively unfamiliar pianist and singer from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Hagar agreed to a two-side recording deal. Widely regarded as a blues singer, Smith more frequently ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jason Palmer, Charlie Rouse, Bennie Moten & More

Read "Jason Palmer, Charlie Rouse, Bennie Moten & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino


This week we start with the well-established and talented Russian-born jazz pianist Yelena Eckemoff and from there we continue to delve into new jazz releases with Jason Palmer and Native Soul. We profile the talented saxophonist Benjamin Boone with work off his CD The Poetry of Jazz Volume 2 featuring the late great poet Phillip Levine. ...

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Kansas City and the Territory Bands (1927 - 1940)

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Outside of the Chicago—New York nexus, jazz thrived during the late 1920's and 1930's in Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, with its center in Kansas City. Under the careful control of Boss Pendergast, Kansas City was a wide open town with a thriving night club music scene, nurturing musicians like Joe Turner, Mary Lou Williams, Count Basie, ...

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Floyd Domino's All-Stars: Floyd Domino's All-Stars

Read "Floyd Domino's All-Stars" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


At the time in which traveling bands of the Southern Plains were reaching their peak popularity--the 1920s--Texas and Oklahoma contingents were experimenting beyond their typical formulaic performances. At the same time Western music was on the verge of dying and likely would have were it not for the efforts of folklorists John Lomax (the father of ...

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Article: Under the Radar

Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II

Read "Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands, Part II" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


Part 1 | Part 2 Part 1 of Blue Highways and Sweet Music: The Territory Bands looked at the roots, drivers and challenges of the travelling groups who brought jazz music to the non-urban areas of the Southern Plains, through one-night-stands, in often impromptu venues. A black phenomenon, often misappropriated by white musicians, promoters, ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz

Read "Rare and Unusual Instruments in Jazz" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Historically the cornet was the quintessential jazz instrument but over a century of its evolution other instruments have also become part of the regular jazz armamentarium. These include common ones such as the piano, saxophone, bass and drums to the more occasionally appearing violin, clarinet and other percussion instruments. There are few, however, that exhibit unique ...

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This Week On Riverwalk Jazz: Lester Leaps In

This week on Riverwalk Jazz, Vernel Bagneris and Topsy Chapman paint a picture of Lester Young’s life based on his own first-person accounts and those of musicians who knew him. The Jim Cullum Jazz Band, with tenor saxophonists Brian Ogilvie and Ken Peplowski offer their homage to the President of Tenor Sax. The program is distributed ...


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