Sunday, June 2, 2013
When national sports broadcasts originate in Kansas City, the coverage invariably includes a shot of the mural on the south side of the Power & Light district that features a rendering of Charlie Parker. The attempt to provide viewers with a bit of local flavor is commendable.
Yet the reality "on the ground"- in the parlance of television journalists- in Kansas City emits a rather sour note. Parker may be one of Kansas City's most famous sons, but I'm willing to wager that only a tiny percentage of area residents who see his image employed as parking lot cue or as part of a mural have heard his music.
Parker may even be falling out of favor among musicians. It's entirely possible that I'm missing out on nightly revivals of Parker's music, but the last time heard a performance of a full Parker composition- rather than partial quotations- was in March. Unfortunately, other than suggesting that everyone get a load of this, I don't have any solutions.
(Original image by Plastic Sax.)