Vol 62, No 1 (2001)


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As the great Count Basie band's featured tenor sax players through the early 1940s, Lester Young defined the loose swing and riff-based soloing of jazz-Kansas City style. This photo of Young is from the Dave Dex­ter Collection in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. It forms part of the library's exhibit, "Kansas City: Paris of the Plains-The Jazz Age in Kansas City, 1920-40," which will remain on display through May 2001. The ex­hibit chronicles life in Kansas City during the Jazz Age, a time when the city was one of the most dynamic arts centers in America. Like Paris after World War I, Kansas City was a Mecca for artists, musicians, and writers; and young dreamers seeking excitement flocked to Kansas City, where the atmosphere was welcoming and unrestricted. Though worlds apart geographically, Kansas City and Paris shared a creative vitality that made them both Jazz age icons. Visit the exhibit on the Web at http://www.umkc.edu/lib/.