Hopefully you’ll be in Kansas City by the early afternoon on Thursday the 24th of April because you don’t want to miss this year’s plenary session!
Following opening comments by MAC President Amy Cooper Cary, Chuck Haddix, the director of the Marr Sound Archives, Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City, will give the keynote speech entitled “Early Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker in Kansas City: An Archival Perspective.”
Haddix, whose biography of Parker was published just last year (Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker), will discuss his research into Parker’s formative life and career in Kansas City. The presentation will include previously unknown photos of and recordings by Parker, focusing on four key recording sessions: the Honey Suckle Rose/Body and Soul sessions from 1938, the Wichita Sessions recorded Thanksgiving weekend 1940, a previously unknown recording of Parker with the Jay McShann band made in February 1941, and the Damon sessions from 1943.
Since the 1980s, Haddix has produced “Fish Fry,” a popular radio program on KCUR in Kansas City that features the finest in blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive, and zydeco. Feel free to give a listen to what Haddix puts on the air.
The plenary session will be held from 1:30PM-3PM on Thursday, April 24th.