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All that jazz

Nov 4, 2011

As the saying goes, jazz was born in New Orleans, but it grew up in Kansas City. This week we’ll revisit Robert Altman’s “Kansas City.” And a new  musical audio postcard. 

The 1920s and '30s marked the heyday of Kansas City jazz. Political boss Tom Pendergast tolerated drinking in an era of prohibition. And musicians flocked to play the dozens of clubs in this "wide open town." But today, in the city's historic 18th and Vine jazz district, fake storefronts, including movie facades, have been in place longer than many businesses last, almost as long as the heyday itself. From Kansas City, Laura Spencer reports


And bringing it back to Columbia, a a new Sonic ID straight from downtown, where any of the week, you’re likely to hear the sounds of street buskers weaving melodies along 9th Street and Broadway. And there are a few regulars that play tunes in Columbia, one of them is fiddler Brennus Bain.