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A Conversation with Chuck Haddix on Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop

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.

By Michael Byars

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.

Michael Byars is the morning announcer for KCUR 89.3.
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