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Andrea Pharr (b. 1952)


Andrea Pharr began classical studies at age 6 with Rose Levine and won a scholarship to study with Walter Cook at the Conservatory of Kansas City (now the UMKC Conservatory). Since then, she has had a longstanding career entertaining diverse audiences in Kansas City.

Andrea developed her skills in the 1970s/80s by playing and touring with rock, folk, country, and blues bands. When playing six-nights-a-week was a standard, she had a steady gig at the Club Royal in Kansas City, then on the Missouri River Queen, a riverboat line from Kansas City to St. Louis. Andrea entertained at Fitzpatrick’s (now The Majestic Steakhouse) with such noted musicians as Noble Samuels, Eddie Saunders, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams. A solo engagement followed at the Raphael Hotel. She performed October 2007 at the JCCC Jazz Series, at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS.

Pharr performs with Rick Hendricks, guitar, Rusty Tucker, trumpet and Everette DeVan, organ. Courtesy of LaBudde Special Collections, UMKC

Currently, Andrea continues to perform a wide variety of engagements with ensembles and as a solo artist.

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