Bob Bowman has been a fixture on Kansas City’s jazz scene for years. He recently released Songs for Sandra, a radiant album that demonstrates why Bowman is respected as the dean of Kansas City’s bassists. This edition of Local Listen features the new track Street Cartwheels.
Hear More: Bob Bowman will perform with his group Bow Dog at the Blue Room on Friday, January 23.
Three notable arts figures died in Kansas City in recent weeks: Ann K. Brown, Brenda Nelson, and Tommy Ruskin.
Drummer Tommy Ruskin, 72, died the morning of Jan. 1, after a long illness.
A native of Kansas City, Ruskin’s career spanned nearly half a century. He began performing as a teenager with singers such as Marilyn Maye, and went on to play with other jazz greats like Al Cohn, Scott Hamilton, Gene Harris, Zoot Sims, and Bill Watrous.
A gypsy life isn't unusual among musicians and Karrin Allyson certainly leads one. Her official biography includes a childhood in the Midwest, schooling in the Bay area, a stint in Minneapolis, a home base now in New York City and tours that take her around the world.
Kansas City is a hotbed of quality music . You can bop your head to The Architects' rockin' sound, sway to the smooth cords of Hembree, or sing along to the powerful vocals of Katy Guillen & the Girls. On this edition of Up to Date, we review the best in area music from 2014.
Bill Brownlee is a music critic for The Star. He writes Kansas City's authoritative jazz blog plasticsax.com.
In the 1720s, after studying in Spain, a young priest returned home to Ireland. He started writing Christmas carols influenced by Spanish liturgical music. Now known as the Kilmore Carols, these carols are still performed during the holidays in the small Irish village of Kilmore —and this year, in Kansas City.
The incessant upbeat of canned Christmas music can leave even those who love the holidays with a feeling of cheer fatigue.
Kansas City-area singer Lauren Krum of The Grisly Hand, whose DJ alter-ego Lorna Kay spins classic country tunes all year long, shares some grittier winter songs to fill out the emotional spectrum this December.
It’s not often that tuba players get to be the ones on melody.
That changes once a year, though, when the Kansas City Symphony puts on Tuba Christmas, where hundreds of tuba players from all around the metro gather to play traditional holiday songs. Because of popular demand, there are now two Tuba Christmases.
Megan Birdsall is Kansas City's finest young jazz vocalist. As musically accomplished as she is personable, Birdsall is a delightful entertainer. This week's edition of Local Listen features "Hey There (You With the Stars In Your Eyes)" from her album, "Little Jazz Bird."
Hear More: Birdsall will perform at the recently relocated Take Five Coffee + Bar in Overland Park, KS on Friday, December 5th at 8pm.
Kasey Rausch is the most prominent member of a new generation of dedicated folk musicians in Kansas City. This week's edition of Local Listen features a rollicking song from Rausch’s new album, Guitar in Hand. Take a listen to "The Gospel of Winfield."
It was described as "one of the strangest recording studios ever built."
In the 1960s and 1970s, musicians found their way to Cavern Sound, a studio in an underground cave in Independence, Mo. James Brown and Brewer and Shipley recorded there. But so did garage bands, school choirs, gospel groups, and folk duos at a rate of $300 a day.
The elegant Kansas City singer-songwriter Sara Swenson is one of many artists participating in this weekend's Apocalypse Meow benefit. This annual event raises money for Abby’s Fund for Musicians’ Health Care.
This edition of Local Listen features "Darling Dear," a lovely song from Swenson's new album "Runway Lights."
How are the elements of pride, care and luck-of-the-find translating from the tangible world of the record collector to the digital world of, well, everyone else? Plus, news from local record stores and a recent release from Numero Records, featuring music recorded in Missouri's limestone mines between 1967 and 1973.
In one of the most striking transformations on the Kansas City music scene in recent memory ... Martin Bush has completely reinvented himself. Once a prominent metallic punk rocker, Bush is now a dance music guru. Operating under the moniker White Girl, Bush makes industrial electronic music.
This week's edition of Local Listen features the A-side of the new 7-inch single "M.E.T.R.O.R.O.C.K."
After a social media campaign with the twitter hashtag #LetJoyceSing, a Change.org petition, an invitation from Major League Baseball to sing in Game 7 of the World Series -- and the Royals victory that assured there would be a Game 7, Prairie Village, Kan. native Joyce DiDonato is ready to sing the National Anthem in the final game.
Classical musicians will be taking center stage during the final games of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.
About 20, or as many as 60, members of the Kansas City Symphony, decked out in blue suits with blue accents, are scheduled to perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the pre-game ceremonies of Game 6 on Tuesday night. Music director Michael Stern is flying back Tuesday afternoon in time to conduct.