New PDF release: Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History

By Frank Driggs

ISBN-10: 0195047672

ISBN-13: 9780195047677

There have been yet 4 significant galaxies within the early jazz universe, and 3 of them--New Orleans, Chicago, and New York--have been good documented in print. yet there hasn't ever been a major background of the fourth, Kansas urban, beforehand. during this colourful heritage, Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix diversity from ragtime to bebop and from Bennie Moten to Charlie Parker to trap the golden age of Kansas urban jazz. Readers will discover a colourful portrait of outdated Kaycee itself, again then a neon insurrection of bars, playing dens and taxi dance halls, all governed over by way of Boss Tom Pendergast, who had reworked a dusty cowtown into the Paris of the Plains. We see how this wide-open, gin-soaked city gave delivery to a track that was once extra easy and extra viscerally interesting than different types of jazz, its singers belting out a rough-and-tumble city sort of blues, its piano avid gamers pounding out a mode later often called "boogie-woogie." We stopover at the good landmarks, just like the Reno membership, the "Biggest Little membership within the World," the place Lester younger and count number Basie made jazz historical past, and Charlie Parker started his musical schooling within the alley out again. and naturally the authors remove darkness from the lives of the good musicians who made Kansas urban swing, with colourful profiles of jazz figures comparable to Mary Lou Williams, great Joe Turner, Jimmy dashing, and Andy Kirk and his "Clouds of Joy." here's the definitive account of the uncooked, hard-driving sort that positioned Kansas urban at the musical map. it's a needs to learn for everybody who loves jazz or American song heritage.

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Right before his senior year in high school, Sanders moved to Kansas City with his family. While attending Westport High School, he entertained on the sly at night in one of the roughest dives in town, the Blue Goose Café, accompanying female vocalists for tips. After graduating in 1914, Sanders performed vocal and piano recitals at local churches and halls. An accomplished vocalist, his range spanned two and a half octaves. Sanders toured on the Red Path, Affiliated, and Colt-Alber Circuits as a member of a vocal quartet, the United States Four, before being drafted in October 1918.

McMurray left home in 1917, crisscrossing the Midwest with a concert band and male quartet on the Redpath-Horner Chautauqua circuit, based in Kansas City. Inspired by the popular lyceum societies in New England, Chautauquas were traveling troupes of entertainers, musicians, and elocutionists who delivered uplifting messages and brought entertainment and culture to small towns. At the end of the season McMurray settled down in Kansas City. He worked briefly with violinist Emil Chaquette’s society orchestra before joining the newly formed Eddie Kuhn Band.

Organized in 1917, the Eddie Kuhn Band brought Loren Dallas McMurray, the first in a long line of great Kansas City saxophone players, to national prominence. Pianist Kuhn, slim and dapper with aquiline features, began his 16 KANSAS CITY JAZZ career as a composer of popular songs and ragtime. J. W. Jenkins Music Company published his “Cornshucks Rag” (1908), “Some Pumpkins” (1908), and “Pickled Beets Rag” (1909). Building on his early publishing successes, Kuhn opened a full-service music shop at the busy intersection of 12th and Main.

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