Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Kansas City Jazz

Image Gallery

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

Circa 1925 photograph of Kansas City, Kansas band Paul Banks Syncopating Orchestra, posed with their instruments.

Portrait photograph of jazz singer Myra Taylor, taken by the Studna-Sims-Millard photo studio in the late 1930's or early 1940's.

Promotional card for Jay McShann and His Decca Recording Orchestra, no date.

Photograph of Kansas City jazz pianist Margaret "Countess" Johnson (1919 – 1939).

Composite photograph showing the various talents of musician, dancer, and singer L.C. “Speedy” Huggins.

Circa 1929 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at The Nighthawk, a restaurant in Chicago, IL.

Chauncey Downs and five unidentified women behind a microphone with instrumentalists in the background.

Circa 1930 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at the Terrace Room in the New Yorker Hotel, NYC.

Snapshot on stage of Count Basie at piano, Lester Young at mic, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

Mid-1920s photograph of the Eblon Theater Orchestra with drummer Samuel "Baby" Lovett (far left) and musical director & ragtime compo

Photograph of the Gem Theater, labeled 1912-1923. This vantage point faces south on 18th Street between Vine Street and Highland Avenue.

Circa 1920 photograph of Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, Gayety Theatre Bldg., Kansas City Missouri.

Circa 1920 photograph of Joe Sanders on the left and Carleton Coon on the right.

Dave Dexter, Andy Kirk, and an unidentified man standing together drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

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

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