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.

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

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.

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

Circa 1923 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks posed at the Plantation Grille, Muehlebach Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

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

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.

Half length view of Count Basie.

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.