Frank "Iron Jaw" Oakley, L.C. Gant, and Dawayne Gilley are smiling at the photographer from their seats during the Kansas City Blues Society's 20th Anniversary at one of the juke joints in Kansas City called the Grand Emporium. The crowd is visible behind them.
Big Joe Maher, one of the national acts to perform at BB's Lawnside BBQ for the Big Joe Turner Birthday Bash, stands and speaks into a microphone he holds in his left hand as he raises his right hand above his head.
Myra Taylor sits in a wheelchair as Tim Whitmer sits behind her, Kim Park stands behind Tim Whitmer with his hands on Tim's shoulders, Carl Bender stands behind Kim Park and James Albright, James Albright sits to the left of Kim Park and Jürgen Welge sits at the piano beside Tim Whitmer at Unity Temple on the Plaza. All are smiling at the photographer.
A bass player stand in the corner of the Mutual Musicians Foundation wearing a straw hat and looking down at the bass. Luqman Hamza sits at the piano smiling down to his left. Karrin Allyson share the piano bench with Luqman and is smiling to her left and watching the saxophonist. Tommy Ruskin is playing the drums just behind Ahmad Alaadeen who closes his eyes as he blows into a tenor saxophone at the DownBeat Magazine Shoot. The wall behind the band is wood paneling with many 8 1/2 x 11 photographs and a banner.
Bill Dye stands behind the drum set and smiles over his right shoulder at the photographer as he holds an electric guitar. He stands beside the drummer, John Hobbs, who is wearing a drum-themed shirt and smiling at the photographer. An unidentified guitarist stands to the left of the drum set holding a guitar and looking at the photographer. An unidentified man with his eyes closed stands behind the guitarist. John Paul Drum stands in front of the drum set and the unidentified guitarist, smiling, holding an amplified harmonica and wearing a harmonica belt and a bandana around his neck at B. B.'s Lawnside BBQ.
Oliver Todd seated at and playing a white baby grand piano with his right side toward the photographer is looking intently at the wind players. Standing in front of the piano is an unidentified white male guitarist. Standing to the guitarist's left is Ben Kynard standing and blowing into a tenor saxophone as he looks down at a music stand. Behind and to the left of Ben is Carl Fusaro. Carl is seated behind a music stand as he plays the double bass and looks at the trumpet player. In front of Carl and to Ben's left is Henry Hoard who is blowing into an alto saxophone and looking down at a music stand. Just behind Henry's head, Marcellus Lee's head is visible. To Henry's left, Elmer Price stands and blows into a trumpet as he looks down at a music stand. All are wearing suits and ties at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. There are two tables and four chairs in the foreground. A wood-paneled wall, amplifiers, speakers, and photographs on the wall are visible behind the band.
The blues band, Cobalt Project, including Brandon Hudspeth, closing his eyes and playing the guitar, Jan Faircloth, playing the drums, Sue Stubbs, closing her eyes and singing into a microphone, and Paul Greenlease looking to his left and playing the guitar at the Grand Emporium.