Chuck Haddix

Up to Date
4:00 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Haddix On Charlie Parker

Chuck Haddix is the author of "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker."

The sweet saxophone of Charlie Parker became legendary in jazz music, but the Kansas City hometown talent had a rocky life, with musical highlights and the lows of heroin addiction.

In the first part of Thursday's Up to Date, we talk with KCUR’s Chuck Haddix about Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, the new biography he’s written on Parker. We’ll examine the stories it brings to light about the troubled but talented musician, his meteoric rise and his steep fall. 


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Central Standard
12:48 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Holiday Fish Fry


Roll back your Christmas rug for an abbreviated holiday public radio party.

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Central Standard
1:22 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Windows Down, Stereo Up: New Music Releases With KCUR Hosts

Lee Fields, from the album "Faithful Man" (2012)

Is your musical taste stuck in a rut? Don’t you wish you had cool friends to take you out to a record store for a music makeover? Well, now you do.

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Kansas City's Early Radio Days
4:12 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Charlie Pryor And The Brush Creek Follies

Photo from the Arthur B. Church KMBC Radio Collection, used by permission of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries, Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections.

To Rebecca Pryor, her grandfather Charlie was a kind of Pied Piper. Everywhere he went, he made music that thrilled listeners.

Charlie Pryor was a percussionist, specializing in drum set, xylophone and a homemade musical washboard supped up with cowbells and horns. When she was little, Charlie took Rebecca with him to play at churches, and he played at her school's assemblies. 

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