Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Kansas City Jazz

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Listen to our playlist of Kansas City style jazz, curated by Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archive and host of KCUR's "Fish Fry." Songs are available as short clips for informational and educational purposes.

Andy Kirk and his Twelve Clouds of Joy. Courtesy of the American Jazz Museum.
  1. "12th Street Rag," Euday Bowman, 0:00
  2. "Nighthawk Blues," Coon-Sanders Nighthawks, 0:30
  3. "Starvation Blues," Jesse Stone and the Blues Serenades, 1:10
  4. "St. James Infirmary," George E. Lee, 1:50
  5. "Prohibition Blues," Missourians, 2:27
  6. "Blue Devil Blues," Blue Devils, 3:07
  7. "South," Bennie Moten Orchestra, 3:41
  8. "Oh! Eddie," Bennie Moten Orchestra, 4:15
  9. "Moten’s Swing," Bennie Moten Orchestra, 4:52
  10. "Mess-A-Stomp," Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, 5:23
  11. "Overhand," Mary Lou Williams, 5:56
  12. "Walkin’ and Swingin’," Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, 6:29
  13. "Until The Real Thing Comes Along," Andy Kirk's Clouds of Joy, 7:03
  14. "Lady Be Good," Jones-Smith Incorporated, 7:38
  15. "One O’Clock Jump," Count Basie, 8:10
  16. "Sent For You Yesterday," Count Basie, 8:46
  17. "Roll ‘Em Pete," Joe Turner And Pete Johnson, 9:23
  18. "627 Stomp," Pete Johnson, 9:57
  19. "Hairy Joe Jump," Harlan Leonard, 10:31
  20. "I Don’t Want To Set The World On Fire," Harlan Leonard, 11:05
  21. "Swingmatism," Jay McShann, 11:37
  22. "Hootie Blues," Jay McShann, 12:13
  23. "Yardbird Suite," Charlie Parker, 12:49
  24. "Come On Over To My House Baby," Julia Lee, 13:24