I almost fell out of my chair this morning. I was perusing the American Jazz Museum's site for details about Charlie Hunter's gig at the Blue Room when I encountered this listing:
Stories from the Vine
Featured Elder Statesmembers: Mr. J. Henry Hoard, Mr. Ben Kynard, Mr. Sellie Truitt, Jr. and Mr. Oscar “Lucky” Wesley
Hosted by Former Kansas City Chief and UMKC history professor and Jazz musician and educator Dennis Winslett
Date: Saturday, February 27th, 2010 1:00-2:30pm
What! Saxophonist Ben Kynard is alive? He must be ninety! He can be seen playing with Lionel Hampton in the embedded video. Kansas City's Kynard is credited as the composer of "Red Top." (I wonder what he thinks of this version?) According to AllMusic, Kynard's first recording date was in 1950. His albums appear to be out of print but plenty of material by his brother, organist Charles Kynard, is still available.