Episode Air Date: December 7, 2016
Artist: Pete Johnson
Recording Title: 627 Stomp
Pete Johnson’s band…just payin’ some union dues.
You’re listening to 627 Stomp by Johnson in 1940. The title refers to the Kansas City Musicians Union, Local 627. Founded in 1917, it was known as the “Colored Musicians Union”. Kansas City was, of course, one of the early strongholds of Jazz. And as it grew, so did the 627. It represented many jazz icons, like Bennie Moten, Count Basie and Charlie Parker. Pete Johnson paid tribute to the union in 1940. Here he is with 627 Stomp.
Today, Local 627 is known as Mutual Musicians Foundation. For more background visit University of Missouri – Kansas City’s excellent site, which traces the history of the union from its inception.