Coon-Sanders Band

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Joe Sanders

The advent of radio broadcasting in the early 1920s made a local Kansas City musical group popular all over the country. Joe Sanders together with Carleton Coon formed a band that became known as the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks. They started out playing at the Plantation Grill in the Hotel Muehlebach, and local radio station WDAF broadcast their show across the airwaves.

Radio Pioneers: The Coon-Sanders Nighthawks

As Bennie Moten, George E. Lee, and other African American bandleaders based at 18th and Vine pioneered a new style of jazz, a number of white bands in downtown Kansas City were performing a style of hot jazz modeled after nationally popular white bands. Ironically, while Kansas City would gain renown for its great African American bands that barnstormed across country, it was a white dance band, the Coon-Sanders Nighthawk Orchestra, which first established Kansas City’s national reputation as a jazz center.

Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon at Union Station

Photograph of Joe Sanders with fur coat, bowler hat and spats standing beside Carleton Coon while waiting for a parade to begin. Both are by a car parked at Union Station when the band was welcomed back in Kansas City on December 9, 1927. Photograph taken by "Pat" Murphy of the Kansas City Journal-Post.

Joe Sanders and Carleton Coon

Interior pose of Joe Sanders on the left and Carleton Coon on the right. Probably taken in Kansas City around 1919-1920.

Joe Sanders

Portrait of Joe Sanders seated at the piano.

Isis Theatre program excerpts

The cover, back, and excerpts of a program for the Isis Theatre at 31st Street and Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri. The back includes an advertisement for Earll & Gehring's Original Doughnut Shops. Also included is an advertisement for the Isis Cafeteria featuring the Carleton-Coons-Sanders Novelty Orchestra.

Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra at Newman Theater

Photograph of the Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra at the Newman Theater performing a skit to accompany Charlie Chaplin's film "The Pilgrim".

Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra

Interior view of the original Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra seated and posed with their instruments. Identified in Edmiston's book as left to right: Nick Musolino, Pop Estep, Joe Richolson, Joe Sanders, Carleton Coon, Bill Haid, John Thiell, Orville Knapp, and Harold Thiell. 

Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra

Group pose identified on the drum as Coon-Sanders Novelty Orchestra, Gayety Theatre Bldg., Kansas City Missouri.  Includes Joe Sanders at the piano and Carleton Coon by smaller drum. Other members not identified. Believed to be early group, although probably not the first.

Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at the Terrace Room

Circa 1930 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at the Terrace Room in the New Yorker Hotel, NYC. Pictured are top row from left: Pope and Richolson; middle row from left: Krebs, Downing, H. Thiell, and Stout; front row from left: Sanders, Coon, Estep, and J. Thiell. An NBC microphone is soon on a stand near them.

Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at The Nighthawk

Circa 1929 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at The Nighthawk, a restaurant in Chicago, IL. Identified from left: Elmer Krebs, bass; Joe Sanders, piano; Carleton Coon, drums; Russ Stout, banjo; Joe Richolson, trumpet; Harold Thiell, reeds; Bob Pope, trumpet; Floyd Estep, reeds; Rex Downing, trombone; John Thiell, reeds.

Coon-Sanders Nighthawks at Plantation Grille

Circa 1923 photograph of the Coon-Sanders Nighthawks posed at the Plantation Grille, Muehlebach Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri. Pictured standing is Carleton Coon and Joe Sanders; seated from left is Kohlman, Nordberg, Estep, Williams, McLean, and J. Thiell.