The jazz scene in Kansas City between 1918-1938 was incredible. Musicians from the Midwest and South pursued work with many of the big bands that resided in or toured Kansas City. The reasons for this migration of musicians were:
Kansas City was a very special place during this time. Unfortunately, when Pendergast was arrested in 1938 it all came to screeching halt. Without the constant work from clubs that made their money illegally, musicians were out of work and had to find other venues, in other cities to make their music.
Me and several peers have spent a lot of time researching the lives and music of many Kansas City musicians. I will continue to update this page with interesting things we learn along the way.