Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy

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Music

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.

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Music

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.

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Music

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.

Object Type: 
Photographs

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

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Photographs

Panoramic photograph of the bands of the Musicians Protective Union Local 627, assembled for the annual Battle of the Bands at Paseo Hall, followed by a parade to the Musicians Association Building at 1823 Highland Avenue, where this picture was taken. The eight contestant bands pictured are Bennie Moten and George Lee's orchestras, Elmer Payne's Music Masters, Paul Banks's Rhythm Aces, Andy Kirk's 12 Clouds of Joy, Jap Allen's Troubadours, Julius Banks's Red Devils, and Bill Little and His Little Bills.

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Photographs

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

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Photographs

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.

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