From Scott Joplin's syncopated songs to the swing era that thrived under "Boss" Tom Pendergast and on to the groundbreaking sounds of Charlie Parker, Kansas City has figured large in the history of jazz.
The Marr Sound Archives' Chuck Haddix discusses the city's contribution to this most American of musical forms in Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop at the annual meeting and party of the Friends of the Kansas City Public Library on Wednesday, June 13, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Haddix is one of the leading authorities on the subject, having authored biographies of local jazz players Jay McShann and Claude "Fiddler" Williams, the section on Kansas City jazz in the New Grove Dictionary of Music, and (with Frank Driggs) Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.
He is director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a collection of 338,000 sound recordings. He is also a producer at KCUR-FM and the host of Fish Fry, a twice-weekly radio program featuring "blues, soul, R&B, jumpin' jive, and zydeco."
Admission to this event is limited to members of the Friends of the Library, although new members can sign up at the door. Annual dues are $25 for individuals; joint memberships begin at $40.
The Friends support library activities through membership fees, book sales, and other fundraising projects, and provide volunteers to work at library events.