Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Kansas City Jazz

Image Gallery

Snapshot of Lester Young with three unidentified women, no date. Source: Elmer Orrie.

Photograph of Mrs. Chauncey Downs in blouse and skirt holding a purse.

1932 photograph of Thamon Hayes’ Kansas City Rockets group posed in front of the Fairyland Park stage at the southeast corner of Prospect Avenue an


Photograph of Bennie Moten’s Orchestra at Pearl Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, 1931.


Bus Moten band at the Reno Club with Hot Lips Page at the microphone, no date. Source: Frank Driggs.

Ed Flynn, wearing a light suit and tie, and Benny Carter, wearing a tuxedo, seated on a couch.


Half length view of William "Count" Basie with caption typed above: "Three years ago, William Basie was organist at a small Kansas C

Portrait of Bill "Count" Basie, headshot, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

Bennie Moten's Orchestra, with instruments, taken by Bert Photo Studio, ca. 1926.


Chauncey Down's band with Woody Walder (sax) and Ernie Williams at Chauncey Down's Hall (known later as the Casa Loma Ballroom) in the Do

Photograph of an unidentified band onstage at the College Inn on 12th Street.

Studio portrait of George E. Lee Singing Novelty Orchestra posed with their instruments, ca. 1926.


Bennie Moten's Orchestra, with instruments on bandstand, likely to be Paseo Hall, 15th Street and Paseo Boulevard, Kansas City, Missouri, c.


Photograph by J. E. Miller of Woodie Walder's Swing Unit.


Half length view of Count Basie.

Photograph of Bennie Moten's Orchestra on a stage with their instruments.