Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

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Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy posing on stage for a photo. Musicians include Mary Lou Williams at the piano, John Harrington holding a saxophone, Ben Webster holding a saxophone, Pha Terrell (musical director) holding a conducting baton, John Williams holding a saxophone, Ben Thigpen sitting at a drum set, Harry Lawson holding a trumpet, Ted Brinson holding a guitar, Irving "Mouse" Randolph holding a trumpet, Kirk (leader) sitting next to a tuba, Ted Donnelly holding a trombone, and Earl Thomson holding a trumpet.

Date: 
February 16th 1934

Dave Dexter, Andy Kirk, and an unidentified man standing together drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes. Dexter is wearing a vest and looking forward. Kirk is standing in the center looking to the side, wearing suspenders.

Mary Lou Williams and Andy Kirk looking over an arrangement of "Moten Swing" for Decca Records "Kansas City Jazz" album produced by Dave Dexter. Williams is playing the piano and Kirk is standing next to her, holding music in one hand and a drink in the other hand while looking down.

Date: 
1939

Andy Kirk and his 12 Clouds of Joy publicity photo featuring Kirk and two other members of band, ca. 1932. Source: Jimmy Jewel.

Date: 
1932

Andy Kirk publicity photo, autographed, no date. Kirk writes, "To My Good Friend Jimmy Jewell, Best of good wishes 'always, Andy Krik". Publicity photo for the Associated Booking Corporation, Joe Glaser, President. Source: Jimmy Jewel.

Photograph of Andy Kirk and the Clouds of Joy with Mary Lou Williams at the piano.

Photograph of Andy Kirk (left) performing with Dick Wilson (tenor saxophone) and Ben Thigpen (drums).

10" 78-rpm recording of "The Count", an instrumental fox trot by Thomas Gordon, performed by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy. Members include Rudy Powell, John Harrington, Dick Wilson, Ed Inge, saxophones; Harry Lawson, Harold Baker, Clarence Trice, trumpets; Theodore Donnelly, Henry Wells, trombones; Mary Lou Williams, piano; Floyd Smith, guitar; Booker T. Collins, bass; Ben Thigpen, drums. Matrix number: 68317AA; Catalog number: 18123 A.

Date: 
November 7th 1940

10" 78-rpm recording of "Twelfth Street Rag", an instrumental fox trot by Euday L. Bowman and James Sumner, performed by Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy. Members include Rudy Powell, John Harrington, Dick Wilson, Ed Inge, saxophones; Harry Lawson, Harold Baker, Clarence Trice, trumpets; Theodore Donnelly, Henry Wells, trombones; Mary Lou Williams, piano; Floyd Smith, guitar; Booker T. Collins, bass; Ben Thigpen, drums. Matrix number: 68318AA; Catalog number: 18123 B.

Date: 
November 7th 1940

10" 78-rpm recording of "Little Joe From Chicago", a fox trot with vocal ensemble by Mary Lou Williams and Henry Wells, performed by Andy Kirk And His Clouds of Joy featuring Mary Lou Williams on piano. Other instrumentalists include John Williams, John Harrington, saxophones and clarinet; Booker Collins, bass; Ben Thigpen, drums; Henry Wells, Ted Donnelly, trombones; Clarence Trice, Earl Thomson, Harry Lawson, trumpets. Matrix number: 60878A; Catalog number: 3385 A.

Date: 
February 8th 1938