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Chuck Haddix (Staff photo)
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library’s Main Library branch will feature a program with local author Chuck Haddix at 1 p.m. Nov. 20.
Haddix will be discussing his new book "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker." Copies of the book will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow the discussion at the library, 625 Minnesota Ave.
Haddix’s in-depth look into the life of Charlie Parker reveals the man behind the music. The biography includes first-hand accounts from the people who knew him and information from new sources. Illustrated with several never-before-seen images, "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker" focuses not only on Parker’s music, but also the story of his life, including his struggles with addiction and mental health.
Chuck Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 340,000 historic sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri--Kansas City. Haddix is the host of the “Fish Fry,” a radio program featuring the blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive and zydeco on KCUR-FM, 89.3, Kansas City’s public radio station.
Over the years, Haddix has contributed to a wide variety of theatrical, recording, video and film projects. His articles have appeared in Down Beat and Living Blues Magazine. In 2005, he cowrote, with Frank Driggs, a history of Kansas City jazz, "Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop – A History" for Oxford University Press. His biography of Charlie Parker, "Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker," was published in September by the University of Illinois Press.
Kansas City, Kansas Public Library is featuring Chuck Haddix as part of Bop in the Dotte, a celebration of Kansas City jazz and culture. Library branches will be holding special jazz-themed programs, including book clubs, book signings, movies, food tastings, and concerts. For a complete calendar of the programs, visit www.kckpl.org.
- from Kim Woolery, Kansas City, Kansas Public Library