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List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

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List of Kansas City bands, listed by their level of fame. This Kansas City musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Kansas City bands are included, as well as many Kansas City musicians of underground status. This list of Kansas City musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Kansas City bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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Janelle Monáe is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Contemporary R&B, Hip hop & Soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, The Audition, + more

Janelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, actress, and producer who is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the ...more

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Tech N9ne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Hip hop music, Horrorcore & Hardcore hip hop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Everready, Anghellic, Absolute Power, Klusterfuk, Vintage Tech, + more

Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne (pronounced "tech nine"), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and ...more

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Puddle of Mudd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Famous, Come Clean, Stuck, Blurry, Life on Display, + more

Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven million albums and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States. Their ...more

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Pat Metheny is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz & Pop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Day Trip, Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley, Zero Tolerance for Silence, What's It All About, Question and Answer, + more

Patrick Bruce Metheny ( mə-THEE-nee; born August 12, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and composer. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works, and ...more

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Big Joe Turner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Jump blues, Rock music & Swing music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Big, Bad & Blue: The Big Joe Turner Anthology, All the Classic Hits 1938-1952, Greatest Hits, Greatest Hits 1938-52 (disc 5), + more

Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll ...more

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Charlie Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Jazz and Bebop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Portrait, Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve, The Complete Savoy and Dial Studio Recordings 1944-1948, Bluebird, Jazz at Massey Hall, + more

Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading ...more

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Norman Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Smooth jazz and Jazz fusion; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: After the Storm, Just Chillin', Celebration, 24/7, The Very Best of Norman Brown, + more

Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970) is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer.
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Lester Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Billie Holliday With Lester Young: Lady Day & Prez 1937-1941, The Quintessence, Volume 1: Chicago - New York - Los Angeles 1936-1944, The Quintessence, Volume 2: New York - Los Angeles 1938-1947, + more

Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence ...more

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The Chipmunks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Christmas With the Chipmunks, Greatest Christmas Hits, Christmas with The Chipmunks, Vol. 2, Undeniable, + more

Alvin and the Chipmunks, originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply the Chipmunks, are an American animated virtual band created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. for a novelty record in 1958. ...more

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The Architects is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Nightmares, Ruin, Daybreaker, Hollow Crown, The Here and Now, + more

Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, England. The band currently consists of vocalist Sam Carter, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Searle and his twin brother, drummer Dan Searle, ...more
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Burt Bacharach is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Pop music and Vocal music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Painted From Memory, Toledo (disc 1), The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection, What's New Pussycat? / Pussycat, Pussycat, + more

Burt Freeman Bacharach ( BAK-ə-rak; born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer who has composed hundreds of pop songs from the late 1950s ...more

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Solé is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Skin Deep

Tonya Michelle Johnston(born July 17, 1973), better known by her stage name Solé, is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri.
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Jessica Harp is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Pop music, Country rock & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Preface, A Woman Needs

Jessica Leigh Harp (born February 3, 1982) is an American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed ...more
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Ben Webster is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Tatum Group Masterpieces, See You at the Fair, Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, Soulville, Ben Webster's Finest Hour, + more

Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. He is considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with ...more

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Coalesce is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Give Them Rope, There Is Nothing New Under the Sun, Functioning on Impatience, Ox, OXEP, + more

Coalesce is a metalcore band from Kansas City, Missouri.
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The Get Up Kids is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Something to Write Home About, Guilt Show, Eudora, On a Wire, Four Minute Mile, + more

The Get Up Kids are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band was a major player in the mid-90s emo scene, otherwise known as the "second wave" of emo ...more

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Nathan Davis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Suite for Dr. Martin Luther King, The Hip Walk, Peace Treaty, The Bright and Hollow Sky, Happy Girl, + more

Nathan Tate Davis (February 15, 1937 – April 8, 2018) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute. He is known for his ...more
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Chris Connor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years, Chris Connor Sings the George Gershwin Almanac of Song, Chris in Person / Sings George Gershwin, A Jazz Date With Chris Connor / Chris Craft, Chris Connor / He Loves Me, + more

Chris Connor (November 8, 1927 – August 29, 2009) was an American jazz singer.
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Bloodstone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Natural High, Unreal, Don't Stop, Go on and Cry, We Go a Long Way Back, + more

Bloodstone is an American R&B, soul, and funk group, most popular in the 1970s and early 1980s. The band charted thirteen songs between 1973 and 1984.
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Krizz Kaliko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Hip hop music, Horrorcore & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Kickin' and Screamin', Vitiligo, Son of Sam, Neh'Mind, [Sic!], + more

Samuel William Christopher Watson IV (born March 7, 1974), better known by his stage name Krizz Kaliko, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow ...more

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Bob Brookmeyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Cool jazz, Big band & Post-bop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Recorded Fall 1961, The Ivory Hunters, Bob Brookmeyer and Friends, The Dual Role Of Bob Brookmeyer, Traditionalism Revisited, + more

Robert Edward "Bob" Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer ...more

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Melvin Calhoun is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Melvin Calhoun Genre: Hip hop music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: B.L.E.V.E., Black Gold, Feature Presentation, Raw and Un-Kutt, Flamez Mixtape, + more

Melvin Lewis Calhoun Jr. (born January 1, 1977), better known by his stage name Kutt Calhoun, is an American rapper and business executive from Kansas City, Missouri. After getting his start in ...more
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Flee The Seen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: Doubt Becomes the New Addiction, The Sound of Sirens, Fighting Chance, 2008 Demo, Flee the Seen

Flee the Seen was a post-hardcore band based out of Kansas City, Missouri composed of Kim Anderson, R.L. Brooks, Manuel Sanchez, Aaron Crawford, and Lucas Dills. They were signed to Facedown ...more
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Mark Pender is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City
Genre: Rock music, Jazz & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
Mark "The Loveman" Pender (born August 21, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a trumpet player and vocalist who has played with Southside Johnny, Little Steven and Bruce Springsteen. ...more
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Shooting Star is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Kansas City

Albums: It's Not Over, Burning, Leap of Faith, Silent Scream, Hang On for Your Life, + more

Shooting Star was an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band formed in the late 1970s. After gaining popularity in the Kansas City area, Shooting Star became the first American ...more