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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, actress, and producer who is signed to Atlantic Records, as well as her own imprint, the Wondaland Arts...  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 (pronounced "tech nine"), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In...  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 million albums and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States. Their...  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 composer. He is the leader of the Pat Metheny Group and is also involved in duets, solo works, and other...  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 shouter from Kansas City, Missouri. According to songwriter Doc Pomus, "Rock and roll would have never...  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 American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading...  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
  • 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 American jazz tenor saxophonist and occasional clarinetist. Coming to prominence while a member of Count...  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, are an American animated virtual band created by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. for a novelty record in 1958. The...  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 vocalist Sam Carter, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Searle and his twin brother, drummer Dan Searle, as...  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 producer, pianist, and singer who has composed hundreds of pop songs from the late 1950s through the 1980s, many...  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 American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. ...  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 from Kansas City, Missouri. Between 2005 and 2007, Harp and Michelle Branch recorded and performed as...  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 saxophonist. He is considered one of the three most important "swing tenors" along with Coleman Hawkins and...  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 was a major player in the mid-90s emo scene, otherwise known as the "second wave" of emo music. As they...  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 multi-instrumentalist who played the tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, and flute. He is known for his work...  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 1980s. The band charted thirteen songs between 1973 and 1984....  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 Krizz Kaliko, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow...  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 valve trombonist, pianist, arranger, and composer. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Brookmeyer first gained...  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, is an American rapper and business executive from Kansas City, Missouri. After getting his start in the...  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 Anderson, R.L. Brooks, Manuel Sanchez, Aaron Crawford, and Lucas Dills. They were signed to Facedown Records...  more
  • 24

    Mark Pender

    Rock music, Jazz
    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. Since 1993 he has...  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 late 1970s. After gaining popularity in the Kansas City area, Shooting Star became the first American group...  more