Back in the 1920s and 30s, Kansas City was a lively mix of political wheeling-and-dealing, organized crime, and the hot sounds of jazz.
Kansas City, Missouri – Chuck Haddix, long-time host of KCUR's The Fish Fry, has co-authored a new book on the subject - Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop. KCUR's Michael Byars recently sat down with Haddix to find out more about the corruption, the music, and their influence on Kansas City - and on each other.
Chuck Haddix appears tonight at 7 pm for a Rainy Day Books event at Unity Temple on the Plaza to talk about his book. A Kansas City jazz all-star band led by Tim Whitmer featuring Myra Taylor will play a short set.