Kansas City jazz from the 1920s and on, the way it was meant to be heard: all day and all night! Booze, broads, Blackjack, barbeque and blues.
The Reno Club, Kansas City, MO
Dec 25, 06
Sep 16, 11
Welcome to Kansas City, circa 1935.
Half a million people, and hundreds of clubs, speakeasies and brothels.
Isolation, Depression-proof prosperity, and a corrupt political machine have created a "heavenly city" for jazz musicians. Count Basie, Lester Young, Big Joe Turner, Charlie Parker and scores of others find fame here and create a hard-swinging, blues-infused style of collective improvisation, duelling riffs, and extended solos.
Kaycee jazz seems to have faded from the collective consciousness. This station is my small attempt to remind us of what happened in the forgotten fourth cradle of jazz. I hope you enjoy.
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