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Chesterfield Club Kansas City Ringer T-Shirt 

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This is a Bluescentric Brand vintage Kansas City Chesterfield Club ringer tee, available in comfortable sizes up to 2XL. The material is 4.3 oz 100% combed ringspun cotton fine jersey. It features side seams and contrasting 1x1 baby rib binded collar and sleeves. 

It was the wild, raucous "anything goes" heyday of Kansas City, Missouri in the 1920s - 40s. Jazz flowed as freely as the booze, even during prohibition, and the many downtown clubs offered gambling, sex and drugs -- so long as everybody paid Boss Pendergast. 

Among the many famous and infamous bars & establishments, The Chesterfield Club shined among the brightest.

"The Chesterfield Club was not the only hot night-spot in town," wrote one author. "It was just the only one that happened to offer nude waitresses with the noon meal."

In KC's notorious clubs, you could find Charlie Parker discovering the foundation of Jazz, and Big Joe Turner inventing the framework of Rock n Roll. It was in this time Count Basie formed his landmark band in KC after coming to town for a gig -- and ending up stranded & homeless when it fell through. 

When the authorities finally broke up Pendergast's tight-fisted empire, the mafia, needing to continue their source of gambling income, hatched a plan to move casino operations to the tiny Nevada Desert town of Las Vegas...