Kansas City Jazz

Image Gallery

Photograph of the Baby Lovett Orchestra: Samuel "Baby" Lovett, drums; Jimmy Hill, guitar; et al..

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

Photograph of Mary Downs, wife of Chauncey L. Downs, in blouse and skirt holding a purse.

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

Jay McShann with baton, taken by Bert's Photo Studio, Kansas City, Missouri, no date. Source: Charles Goodwin.

Photograph of the Baby Lovett Orchestra, likely taken at the Chestnut Inn circa 1940.

Photograph of jazz trumpet player Lammar Wright, who was active in Kansas City from the early 1920's until 1927.

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

Group photo of four of the members of the Blue Devils band standing posed. Photograph taken by Bert Photo Studio, Kansas City, Missouri.

Photograph of Bennie Moten, standing in second row at right, and his band pose with their tour bus in front of a music shop.

Circa 1938 photograph of Tommy Douglas and his orchestra posed in front of their tour bus.

Photograph of Jimmy Keith posed with his tenor saxophone and his band in silhouette behind him.

Circa 1926 portrait photographs of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks musicians assembled to resemble a microphone.

Jam session at St. Mary's Church at the northwest corner of Ann Avenue and North 5th Street, Kansas City, Kansas, no date.

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

Big Joe Turner

Photograph of Kansas City blues shouter Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr.

Pages

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.