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And now for something different🎶The Raymond Scott Quintette performs Powerhouse (1955) #music #band #vintage #raymondscott #favorite #1950s
The Jay McShann Collection was gifted to LaBudde Special Collections and Marr Sound Archives by the McShann Family in July 2009. The audiovisual portion of the collection includes cassette recordings dating from the 1960s to 2005 with the majority of them ranging from 1980 to 1998. Audio content includes various radio appearances and live performances. McShann’s radio appearances include National Public Radio’s Jazz Profiles and Condell’s Corner on KDSU. His live recordings document performances in the United States, Canada, and Europe with musicians such as Ralph Sutton, Gus Johnson, and Milt Hinton as well as Ben Webster and Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson.
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Check out the collection page for photos and full inventory!
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#jaymcshann #jazz #piano #jazzpianists #archives #kansascity #kansascityjazz
Chuck is appearing on @kkfi901fm from 1-3pm today to discuss a new Jay McShann release, “Live in Tokyo 1990.” ...
#jaymcshann #umkc #archives #radio
The New Haven Women's Liberation Rock Band & The Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band - "Mountain Moving Day" (1972) on Rounder Records. Courtesy of the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America.
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“We are the 'agit-rock' arm of our respective women's movements. In Chicago, this means we are a chapter of the Chicago Women's Liberation Union. In new Haven, we are all members of New Haven Women's Liberation Union. We go places where leaflets can't go - college dances, women's conferences, rallies, benefits, festivals, prisons and miscellaneous events. And perhaps we say things that leaflets can't say because we have music and performance to help us generate for those few hours while we're playing some glimpse of the world we'd like to see happen. Some of our jobs have been more than just exciting - we and the audience have shared in a deeply-felt celebration of our vision. At others, we've been met with bad vibes, hostile men, inadequate electricity, freezing weather....
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What we all want to do is use the power of rock to transform what the world is like into a vision of what the world could be like; create an atmosphere where women are free enough to struggle to be free, and make a new kind of culture that is affirmation of ourselves and of all people."
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#newhavenwomensliberationrockband #chicagowomensliberationrockband #rounderrecords #1972 #feminism #glama #archives #soundarchives #umkc
“Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life.” -Art Blakey

#internationaldrummonth #artblakey #artblakeyandthejazzmessengers #bluenoterecords #jazz #drums #archives #soundarchives #umkc
Kansas City, one of the principal cradles of jazz along with New York, New Orleans and Chicago, bred a number of nationally significant big bands and a legion of talented soloists, who revolutionized jazz in America. These musicians belonged to Local No. 627, one of a handful of African-American musicians unions affiliated with the American Federation of Musicians.
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Established in 1917, Local 627 operated as a social center, a clearinghouse for engagements, and as a vehicle for grievances against unfair practices by booking agents and band leaders. The jazz style pioneered and fostered by the members of Local 627 developed along original lines influenced by, yet unique from, the traditions of New Orleans, Chicago and New York.
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The tradition continues at the Mutual Musicians Foundation, located on the former site of Local 627 at 1823 Highland Ave., in the heart of the historic 18th and Vine District. The Mutual Musicians Foundation, Inc., originally incorporated to manage the building and assets of Local 627, continued operating the building as a social club for musicians and fans after the merger with Local 34 in 1970.
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In 1979, the Foundation was prominently featured in Bruce Ricker's film, "The Last of the Blue Devils." A National Historic Landmark, the building is also entered in the National Register of Historic Places and the Kansas City Landmarks Commission Register.
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As they have since 1930, musicians gather at the Foundation Friday and Saturday nights after midnight to jam into the early morning hours. The Foundation also serves as a rehearsal space for members, a classroom for visiting students and a place for private parties. The Historic Jazz Foundation, Inc. supports the Mutual Musicians Foundation and its programs. A living museum, the Foundation preserves and develops Kansas City's rich musical heritage.
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If you would like to view photos, listen to music, or read further about the rich history of the Local 627 and Mutual Musicians Foundation, you can check out our web exhibit.
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#mutualmusiciansfoundation #kansascity #jazz #18thandvine #KansasCity #kansascityjazz #JazzHistory #local627 #thisplacematters
Our next installment for #internationaldrummonth features three Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa drum battles (plus one alternate cover reissue) on the Verve label. Word has it that Buddy Rich had contentious relationships with many of his collaborators. No wonder he had so many battles! Luckily, his numerous collaborations with Gene Krupa have been documented for us to witness their relentless talent.
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#drums #drummers  #jazzdrummers  #buddyrich  #genekrupa  #drumbattle #ververecords
Mel Lewis, best known for his small group approach to big band drumming, was one of the first drummers to vary the ride cymbal beat, giving the music a loose and swinging feel. His commanding presence never dominated the spotlight and always stressed the interplay between the band members. "How much you stick in depends on how much you can hear," Lewis explained during a 1989 radio broadcast on the history of jazz drumming, "and if you're really hearing, you'll put in only what's necessary." This multi-part broadcast for New York's 89.9 FM WKCR may be listened to in the Marr Sound Archives upon request.
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The Mel Lewis Collection was donated by Doris Sokoloff to the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1996. The collection consists of material related to Lewis’ life and career and dates from the 1940s to the 1990s. Included are biographical information, correspondence, business records, programs, datebooks, publications, clippings, awards, music scores, and miscellaneous ephemera and memorabilia. Also included are several hundred photographs and sound recordings. Audio material is housed in the Marr Sound Archives, the audio division of LaBudde Special Collections. All other material is housed in Special Collections.
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#InternationalDrumMonth #mellewis #drums #jazz #archives
Bebop pioneer, Max Roach collaborated with all the biggest jazz personalities of his era, both as band leader and side man. Among the most notable of those collaborations were with Clifford Brown, Abbey Lincoln, and Charlie Parker. Roach's approach to composing on "Drums Unlimited" tends to veer away from technique and toward generating "a feeling, a mood." Among the players are James Spaulding (alto sax), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Ronnie Mathews (piano), Jymie Merritt (bass), and Roland Alexander (Soprano Sax on St. Louis Blues).
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“With all these musicians," says Max, "work is a pleasure because they're always adding to what you're doing, always contributing. After a while, you get past the fact that a guy can play in tune and has fantastic technique. You want more than that. You want someone who can make you feel and who can make other people feel. And that's a quality all these men have."
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#maxroach #jazz #drums #jazzdrummer #jazzvinyl #bebop #InternationalDrumMonth #percussion #drumsunlimited #atlanticrecords
May is International Drum Month. Let’s count it off with “Rich Versus Roach” (1955). #internationaldrummonth #buddyrich #maxroach #internationaljazzday
The Original Talking Union & Other Union Songs with the Almanac Singers, Pete Seeger and Chorus (1955). #internationalworkersday #mayday #labormovement #albumoftheday
UMKC Libraries' faculty and staff gathered this afternoon to hear Special Collections and Sound Archives' curators present research from articles they published in “Wide Open town: Kansas City In the Pendergast Era” edited by Diane Mutti-Burke, Jason Roe, and John Herron.

Thanks to the Faculty Welfare and Development Committee for highlighting these incredible research projects from our curators. BIG THANKS to Gloria Tibbs for providing snacks.

Chuck Haddix of Marr Sound Archives presented on The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks band. Stuart Hinds spoke on the history of female impersonation in Kansas City. If you would like to read further, you can go to the @kclibrary website or pendergastkc.org. Direct link in bio.

#wideopentown #pendergast @labudde_special_collections