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Testimony on the Mutual Musicians Foundation

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By Maria Carter

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Kansas City, MO – A Missouri House committee heard testimony today (Tuesday) to reinstate an all-night Kansas City jazz tradition. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

The Mutual Musicians Foundation used to be up all night, hosting late night jam sessions and the drinking that often accompanied it. That came to an end last year after Kansas City liquor inspectors cracked down on the venue for not having a liquor license. Since then the historic jazz venue has been working with the city to get a liquor license. The state legislation would go a step farther than the city, allowing the Mutual Musicians Foundation to continue it's tradition and serve alcohol until 6 in the morning. Representative Mike Talboy sponsored the measure. He says the foundation is an important part of Kansas City's music tradition.

Mike Talboy: It's not about people drinking it's about an establishment that gives us a link with our past and Kansas City rich jazz tradition and rich jazz history.

Talboy expects some two dozen people to testify before the Local Government Committee today.

Maria Carter, KCUR News.

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