Kansas City Jazz

Image Gallery

Full-length portrait photograph of jazz trumpet player Lammar Wright Sr. (1907-1973) in a tuxedo.

Photograph of Andy Kirk (left) performing with Dick Wilson (tenor saxophone) and Ben Thigpen (drums).

Fifteen member of the Chauncey Downs Orchestra with conductor to the right.

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

Group photo of Blue Devils band standing around their instruments at radio station KFJF; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ca. 1928.

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

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

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

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

Circa 1937 photograph of Count Basie (piano) and Herman Walder (saxophone) at Street's Blue Room, part of the Street Hotel at the northeast co

Photograph of Andy Kirk and the Clouds of Joy with Mary Lou Williams at the piano.

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

Six members of the Chauncey Downs Orchestra performing with drums, three saxophones, a trumpet and an upright bass.

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

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

Harlan Leonard band in recording studio, no date. Source: Duncan Scheidt.

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.