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Kansas City has a rich history in Jazz that started in the 1920s. Its unique style of Jazz has its origins in the blues and ragtime. Renowned musicians that began or built their careers in Kansas City include Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Julia Lee, Mary Lou Williams, Jay McShann, and Big Joe Turner. To learn more about Kansas City Jazz history go to Kansas City Public Library comprehensive digital encyclopedia on the art form in this city.

Today, Kansas City continues its Jazz heritage with great musicians perform on global stages including Deborah Brown, Bobby Watson, Karrin Allyson, Marilyn Mae, Oleta Adams, Pat Metheny, Herman Mehari, Logan Richardson, Dominique Sanders, and Peter Schlamb.

Local musicians that have contributed and continue to enrich the Jazz scene in Kansas City include Mary Moore, Pam Watson, Ida McBeth, Max Groove, Lonnie McFadden, Angela Hagenbach, Tony Oliver, Julie Turner, Mollie Hammer, David Basse, Eddie Moore, Tim Whitmer, Stan Kessler, Millie Edwards and many more.

Other great Kansas City Jazz musicians that are now deceased include Kevin Mahogany, Sonny Kenner, Luqman Hamza, Ben Kynard, Oliver Todd, and Claude Williams.

In addition to artists, there are several organizations in Kansas City focused on the preservation, presentation and performance of Jazz that include the Mutual Musicians Foundation (100 years old organization), American Jazz Museum, Kansas City Jazz Alive, The Folly, Charlie Parker Foundation, Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors, and the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra.

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Deborah Brown

Vocalist Deborah Brown was born in Kansas City, Missouri, but her musical talents have propelled her from coast to coast in the USA and across continents and countries. She has ...