Bennie Moten with the Bennie Moten Orchestra

Jazz Great Bennie Moten Dies: April 2, 1935

Bennie Moten, a legendary figure in the development of jazz, passed away on this date in 1935 just his trademark 'Kansas City sound' was taking off.

An Inventive, Inviting Evening of Theater

Do you get jazzed about jazz? Hopped up about history? Thrilled by theater? Here’s a great chance to indulge all of these passions. One Missouri city’s celebrating its playwriting talent in a Theatre Lab Festival starting May 18.

Hermann Wine and Jazz Festival 2022

Enjoy the sound of jazz from four bands and two vocalists this Saturday as the music returns to Hermann, MO for their annual Hermann Wine and Jazz Festival. The event will be fundraising for Hermann Music Boosters to support the local school's music program.

Emerson records sleeve of Wilbur Sweatman record. Wikimedia public domain.

February 7, 1882

Wilbur C. Sweatman was born in Brunswick, MO. Sweatman was an African American ragtime and dixieland jazz composer, band leader, and clarinetist. In the late 1890’s, Sweatman became famous for playing three clarinets at once.

Neon sign depicting people enjoying jazz music at The Museum at 18th and Vine

September 5, 1997

The American Jazz Museum opened on East 18th Street in Kansas City's hotbed neighborhood for Jazz. They say "Jazz was born in New Orleans but grew up in Kansas City!"


August 21, 1904

Birthday of Kansas City's jazz great, William "Count" Basie.