Friday, August 2, 2013
Kerry Strayer, 1956-2013
Kerry Strayer, one of the leading figures of Kansas City's jazz scene for decades, died last night. He'd been battling prostate cancer for two years.
From his devoted wife, Gailyn: A memorial service/celebration of life will be next Tuesday, August 6th, 1pm, at the John Knox Presbyterian Kirk, 11430 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO with a visitation/reception immediately following the service.
Kerry Strayer was a great man. He was passionate, committed, generous and funny. His wholehearted dedication to jazz continually inspired me.
Robert Trussell of the The Kansas City Star wrote a fine piece about Kerry's contributions.
As reflected by his superlative baritone sax work, he loved the music of Gerry Mulligan. None of the content available at YouTube does Kerry's talents justice, so I've embedded a Mulligan track.