Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Coon-Sanders Band

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A home motion picture created by Carleton Coon, consisting of clips including: Garden footage with Materna statue (unidentified location); Park footage with fountain (unidentified location); Model boat on water; Statue of Edward Bates blown over by tornado; Post-tornado footage of St. Louis (Sept. 29, 1927); Zoo footage; Shot of band lineup; University campus (unidentified location); Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis; More post-tornado footage; Eula in car with friends; The Old Cathedral in St. Louis; Eula walking while eating ice cream cone; Zoo footage.

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A home motion picture created by Carleton Coon, consisting of clips including: Footage of band in tour cars; Revolutionary War sites tour in Vincennes IN including Old French Cemetery (205 Church St), Fort Sackville, Home of Alice of Old Vincennes, Harrison Mansion, and The Treaty Tree; Footage from inside car on racetrack; Footage of Indianapolis from Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument with Harold Thiel and Richolson; Unidentified golf club; Footage of Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument; Indianapolis street footage including streetcar and Hook's Drugs; Footage of "P

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A home motion picture created by Carleton Coon, consisting of clips including: "Pop" Estep at Harding Home and Museum in Marion OH; Harding Memorial under construction; Band playing baseball in town with children; Home of William McKinley (S.W. corner of 8th St. and Market Ave.

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A home motion picture created by Carleton Coon, consisting of clips including: Floyd Estep, Downing, Sanders and others on road and working on cars; Downing, Sanders, Richolson, "Pop" Estep on sidewalk in front of Hotel De Soto and John T.

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A home motion picture created by Carleton Coon, consisting of clips including: Picnic with children; Short segment of "Pop" Estep and other band member in front of Pantages (215 E 12th St KCMO) with posters; "Russ" Stout, Rex Downing, Carleton, and Eula Coon messing around in the country, driving cars, and stopped at gas station; Coon children and dog at home; Clip of Carleton and "Pop" Estep; Carleton and Eula Coon playing golf; Clip of Coon house and Coon children; More picnic footage with swimming pond (possibly Swope Park); Footage of Coon family; Footage o

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A home motion picture created by Carleton Coon, consisting of clips including: Footage of Sanders and Coon; Coon children in city and at home (820 W. 71st Terr. 64114); Coon talking; Harold Thiel, Carelton Coon and Eula Coon in city; Coon home exterior; John Coon skating and Coon daughter dancing in front of home; More footage of Sanders and Coon.

Author: 
Sara Nyman

The advent of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s made a local Kansas City musical group popular all over the country. Joe Sanders together with Carleton Coon formed a band that became known as the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks. They started out playing at the Plantation Grill in the Hotel Muehlebach, and local radio station WDAF broadcast their show across the airwaves.

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Programs

The cover, back, and excerpts of a program for the Isis Theatre at 31st Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The back includes an advertisement for Earll & Gehring's Original Doughnut Shops. Also included is an advertisement for the Isis Cafeteria featuring the Carleton-Coons-Sanders Novelty Orchestra.

Author: 
Chuck Haddix
University of Missouri – Kansas City

Jazz was born in New Orleans, moved to Chicago in the early 1920s, and came of age in New York and Kansas City during the 1930s and 1940s. Geographically isolated from the other cradles of jazz, Kansas City bred a distinctive hard swinging style of jazz, distinguished by driving rhythm sections and a spirited call and response interplay between the instrumental soloists and the brass and reed sections. As Bennie Moten, George E. Lee, and other African American bandleaders based at 18th and Vine pioneered a new style of jazz, a number of white bands in downtown Kansas City were performing a style of hot jazz modeled after nationally popular white bands. Ironically, while Kansas City would gain renown for its great African American bands that barnstormed across country, it was a white dance band, the Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Orchestra, which first established Kansas City’s national reputation as a jazz center.