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Ragtime Roots In 'Paris Of The Plains'

At the turn of the 20th Century, Kansas City was known for more than just a raucous drinking and gambling scene. The "Paris of the Plains" also served as a center for new, syncopated styles of ragtime, blues and jazz. With the music came an assemblage of composers and music publishers who called KC home.

Guest:

  • Thomas Aber is bass clarinetist for the salon quartet Ninkasi, based in Kansas City, Missouri.

Thomas Aber and Ninkasi perform at the Kansas City Public Library's Central Library at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 31. For more information, visit kclibrary.org.

Kyle Palmer is the editor of the Shawnee Mission Post, a digital news outlet serving Northeast Johnson County, Kansas. He previously served as KCUR's news director and morning newscaster.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.