Swing City

Miles Kington presents a series from Kansas City, the centre of a unique jazz style for nearly 30 years.



Great artists such as Count Basie and Jay McShann were instrumental in creating a driving, riffing style of music that has continued to influence musicians all over the world.
Miles visits the Jazz Archive at the University of Missouri to talk to its director Chuck Haddix.


He visits the famous 18th and Vine crossroads in the heart of the old African American jazz quarter. On the way to meet Jay McShann, the grand old man of the big bands, he stops off for a spot of barbecue and ends the day by the graveside of one of the greatest of all Kansas City jazzmen, saxophone legend Charlie Parker.

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He visits the Mutual Musicians Foundation and talks to Lucky Wesley from the Scamps and Myra Taylor, the former singer with the Harlan Leonard Rockets who has been performing jazz for 70 years. Miles also meets a city councillor to talk about the redevelopment of the Jazz Quarter.