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The Wild Woman of Kansas City: Myra Taylor

Vocalist Myra Taylor is a veteran of the original Kansas City swing sound and started out singing and dancing in the early 1930s on 18th and Vine. Throughout her long career, she's shared the stage with Jay McShann, Sarah Vaughan, Nat "King" Cole, and many others. Taylor continues to perform in her hometown often as part of the quartet known as the Wild Women of Kansas City. Myra Taylor turns 89 on Friday, February 24.

By Chuck Haddix (host of KCUR's The Fish Fry), edited by Laura Spencer

Kansas City, Missouri – Friday 2/24/06 Triple Show
89th Birthday Bash for Myra Taylor
at Knuckleheads
2715 Rochester, Kansas City Missouri
(816) 483-1456

Myra Taylor, 7pm
Bob Walkenhorst Band (formerly of the Rainmakers), 8:30pm
The Nace Brothers, 10pm
tickets, $12 adv. $15 door
There are only a limited sale of tickets for this show as it will be filmed

The interview was edited by Laura Spencer, with special thanks to Michael Byars for engineering the interview and making the recording available.

In 1984, Chuck Haddix aka Chuck Haddock joined the staff of KCUR as a jazz producer. The next year, he began producing the Fish Fry. You can reach him at haddixc@umsystem.edu.
Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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