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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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  • 1

    Janelle Monáe

    Contemporary R&B, Hip hop

    AlbumsThe ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady, Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase, The Audition

    Janelle Monáe Robinson (; born December 1, 1985) is an American singer, songwriter, rapper,...  more

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  • 2

    Tech N9ne

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore

    AlbumsEverready, Anghellic, Absolute Power, Klusterfuk, Vintage Tech

    Aaron Dontez Yates (born November 8, 1971), better known by his stage name Tech N9ne...  more

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  • 3

    Puddle of Mudd

    Nu metal, Rock music

    AlbumsFamous, Come Clean, Stuck, Blurry, Life on Display

    Puddle of Mudd is an American rock band formed in 1991. To date, the band has sold over seven...  more

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  • 4

    Pat Metheny

    Ethno jazz, Crossover jazz

    AlbumsDay Trip, Pastorius / Metheny / Ditmas / Bley, Zero Tolerance for Silence, What's It All About, Question and Answer

    Patrick Bruce Metheny ( mə-THEE-nee; born August 12, 1954) is an American jazz guitarist and...  more

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  • 5

    Big Joe Turner

    Jump blues, Rock music

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

    Joseph Vernon "Big Joe" Turner Jr. (May 18, 1911 – November 24, 1985) was an American blues...  more

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  • 6

    Charlie Parker

    Jazz, Bebop

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

    Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an...  more

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  • 7

    Norman Brown

    Smooth jazz, Jazz fusion

    AlbumsAfter the Storm, Just Chillin', Celebration, 24/7, The Very Best of Norman Brown

    Norman Brown (born December 18, 1970) is an American smooth jazz guitarist and singer....  more

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    #63 of 135 The Greatest Jazz Guitarists of All Time#29 of 124 The Best Jazz Guitarists in the World

  • 8

    AlbumsBillie 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

    Lester Willis Young (August 27, 1909 – March 15, 1959), nicknamed "Pres" or "Prez", was an...  more
  • 9

    The Chipmunks

    Hip hop music, New Wave

    AlbumsChristmas With the Chipmunks, Greatest Christmas Hits, Christmas with The Chipmunks, Vol. 2, Undeniable

    Alvin and the Chipmunks, originally David Seville and the Chipmunks or simply the Chipmunks,...  more

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  • 10

    The Architects

    Progressive metal, Rock music

    AlbumsNightmares, Ruin, Daybreaker, Hollow Crown, The Here and Now

    Architects are a British metalcore band from Brighton, England. The band currently consists of...  more
  • 11

    Burt Bacharach

    Pop music, Vocal music

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

    Burt Freeman Bacharach (born May 12, 1928) is an American composer, songwriter, record...  more

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  • 12


    Hip hop music

    AlbumsSkin Deep

    Tonya Michelle Johnston(born July 17, 1973), better known by her stage name Solé, is an...  more
  • 13

    Jessica Harp

    Pop music, Country rock

    AlbumsPreface, A Woman Needs

    Jessica Leigh Harp (born February 3, 1982) is an American songwriter and former country artist...  more
  • 14

    AlbumsThe Tatum Group Masterpieces, See You at the Fair, Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, Soulville, Ben Webster's Finest Hour

    Benjamin Francis Webster (March 27, 1909 – September 20, 1973) was an American jazz tenor...  more

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  • 15


    Noise rock, Mathcore

    AlbumsGive Them Rope, There Is Nothing New Under the Sun, Functioning on Impatience, Ox, OXEP

    Coalesce is a metalcore band from Kansas City, Missouri....  more
  • 16

    The Get Up Kids

    Rock music, Emo

    AlbumsSomething to Write Home About, Guilt Show, Eudora, On a Wire, Four Minute Mile

    The Get Up Kids are an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. Formed in 1995, the band...  more

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  • 17

    AlbumsSuite for Dr. Martin Luther King, The Hip Walk, Peace Treaty, The Bright and Hollow Sky, Happy Girl

    Nathan Tate Davis (February 15, 1937 – April 8, 2018) was an American jazz...  more
  • 18

    AlbumsWarm 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

    Chris Connor (November 8, 1927 – August 29, 2009) was an American jazz singer....  more
  • 19


    Pop music, Rhythm and blues

    AlbumsNatural High, Unreal, Don't Stop, Go on and Cry, We Go a Long Way Back

    Bloodstone is an American R&B, soul, and funk group, most popular in the 1970s and early...  more
  • 20

    Krizz Kaliko

    Hip hop music, Horrorcore

    AlbumsKickin' and Screamin', Vitiligo, Son of Sam, Neh'Mind, [Sic!]

    Samuel William Christopher Watson IV (born March 7, 1974), better known by his stage name...  more

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  • 21

    Bob Brookmeyer

    Cool jazz, Big band

    AlbumsRecorded Fall 1961, The Ivory Hunters, Bob Brookmeyer and Friends, The Dual Role Of Bob Brookmeyer, Traditionalism Revisited

    Robert Edward "Bob" Brookmeyer (December 19, 1929 – December 15, 2011) was an American jazz...  more
  • 22

    Melvin Calhoun

    Hip hop music

    AlbumsB.L.E.V.E., Black Gold, Feature Presentation, Raw and Un-Kutt, Flamez Mixtape

    Melvin Lewis Calhoun Jr. (born January 1, 1977), better known by his stage name Kutt Calhoun,...  more
  • 23

    Flee The Seen

    Rock music, Alternative rock

    AlbumsDoubt 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...  more
  • 24

    Mark Pender

    Rock music, Jazz
    Mark "The Loveman" Pender (born August 21, 1957 in Kansas City, Missouri) is a trumpet player...  more
  • 25

    Shooting Star

    Rock music, Rock and roll

    AlbumsIt's Not Over, Burning, Leap of Faith, Silent Scream, Hang On for Your Life

    Shooting Star was an American rock band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band formed in the...  more