past exhibitions
The Fine Art of Kansas City Jazz:
11.21.10 – 1.3.10

Hodge Gallery

Sponsored by
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Boegner
C.S. Mott Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffery Chimovitz
Mr. & Mrs. Robert M. Chimovitz
Mrs. Sherry Dodge & Mr. Matthew C. Schlinker
Mr. & Mrs. Steve Flynn
Highfield Foundation
The Hurand Family
Mr. S. Olof Karlstrom
Congressman Dale E. Kildee
Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Kildee
Lowe's Outdoor Services, Inc. - Steve Lowe
Ms. Olivia P. Maynard
Mr. Jack D. Minore
Mr. Rodney Ott - Rodney's Loft
Ms. Donna Proffer
Mr. & Mrs. Leo Seide
Mr. Jeffery Stanzler & Ms. Merrie Atlas
Ms. Wendey Stanzler & Mr. Leon Winkelman
Mr. & Mrs. Mark Voight
Gift in honor of Charles W. White & Charles N. Pappas
Mr. David White & Ms. Kathryn Greening

Jazz musicians have a long-standing relationship with Kansas City. Musicians who came to the city in the 1920s found a booming nightclub scene in a town openly defying Prohibition laws, making these clubs a prosperous environment for musicians on the cutting edge of jazz.

Inspired to capture the faces and flavor of Kansas City jazz, Pulitzer-prize-winning photographer Dan White spent almost two decades photographing renowned Kansas City jazz musicians. The result of his work is The Fine Art of Kansas City Jazz, a series of 50 black-and-white portraits of Kansas City jazz musicians.

The portraits allow the viewer to engage with some of the personalities shaping the national and local jazz scene, including Jay McShann, Orville “Piggie” Minor, Eddie Saunders, Rusty Tucker, and Pearl Thurston. In addition to these stunning images, the exhibition features glimpses into the artists’ personal histories through excerpts of interviews with the musicians.

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Dan White
American, 1957
Clarence "Sonny" Kenner
archival print, 2000
24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist

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