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This is a photograph of Marian McPartland, well known jazz pianist and Todd Strait, jazz drummer. Strait grew up in Topeka, Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, was also a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the 80's as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short three month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, and Paul Smith.

Date: Between 1984 and 1985

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Item Number: 308734
Call Number: 2015-006
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 308734

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