18th and Vine http://kcur.org en Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine http://kcur.org/post/glenn-north-fostering-raw-self-expression-18th-and-vine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Glenn North read a poem at the grand opening for the American Jazz Museum in 1997, something clicked. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From that moment on, the poet and the museum grew in tandem.&nbsp; In 2004, North officially joined the museum's staff, establishing a nationally recognized spoken word scene at the museum's Blue Room. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North recently left his post as education manager and poet-in-residence. He plans to finish his master's degree and focus on his poetry.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:45:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55784 at http://kcur.org Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine Paseo YMCA Takes One Step Closer To Reopening http://kcur.org/post/paseo-ymca-takes-one-step-closer-reopening <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For years, the old YMCA building was an eyesore at the entrance of the </span>18<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Vine District. But over the last few years, the </span>façade<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been restored and the windows replaced. And, on the south wall, a giant mural has gone up of the legendary baseball player, coach and keeper of the Negro Leagues flame Buck O’Neil.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 21:25:09 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 41184 at http://kcur.org Paseo YMCA Takes One Step Closer To Reopening Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop http://kcur.org/post/mutual-musicians-foundations-spirit-wont-stop <p>For more than eighty years, the small two-story building at 1823 Highland Avenue has been the heart of Kansas City jazz. Today it’s the Mutual Musician’s Foundation, but in 1917, the building became the headquarters for the Local 627 Colored Musician’s Union. Over the decades, nearly every jazz great in the country has jammed here, and the all-night weekend jam sessions have also served as training grounds for jazz students. Susan Wilson spent a late night there to find out what draws audiences and keeps them until the 6 a.m. closing time.</p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 22:00:10 +0000 Susan B. Wilson 23250 at http://kcur.org Mutual Musicians Foundation's Spirit Won't Stop Kansas City Jazz Singer And Wild Woman Myra Taylor Dies At 94 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-jazz-singer-and-wild-woman-myra-taylor-dies-94 <p><span class="article-content"><span>Singer Myra Taylor was one of the last living links to Kansas City&#39;s jazz heyday of the 1930s. Taylor died Friday, December 9, 2011 at the age of 94.</span></span></p><p>According to<em> The Kansas City Star: </em></p><blockquote><p>Taylor had been under hospice care at the Swope Ridge Geriatric Center, 5900 Swope Parkway, for more than three months, said her manager, Dawayne Gilley. Her final performance was July 24 at Jardine&rsquo;s, 4536 Main St., where she performed with the Wild Women of Kansas City, a jazz vocal quartet.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:19:13 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross & Laura Spencer 8827 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Jazz Singer And Wild Woman Myra Taylor Dies At 94