EVENT CANCELLED – LIBRARY IS CLOSED DUE TO WATER OUTAGE IN THE AREA. Kansas City served as a cradle for jazz in the 1930s, and as one jazz critic claimed, “While New Orleans was the birthplace of jazz, America’s music grew up in Kansas City.” In KC, jazz grew from the structured big band style to the more improvisational, combo bebop style with saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker (of KCK) at the helm. Kansas City jazz thrived on diversity. This talk, along with drum accompaniment, will explore Kansas City jazz’s diverse roots. Presented by Kevin Rabas, jazz musician, professor and the current Kansas Poet Laureate. Registration is required. Register at the front desk or by calling 913-724-2828.