Monday, December 10, 2007

Sonny Kenner Remembered

When I began exploring Kansas City in my teenage years I was dumbstruck by the handmade solicitations for guitar lessons that Sonny Kenner had posted on dozens of utility poles in midtown and on the east side.

And when I first snuck into a club to see the man perform I was dismayed to discover that Kenner earned his keep playing R&B covers. A MySpace tribute page features a few examples of his work in this style.

How can it be, I wondered, that this acclaimed jazz musician- a man prominently featured in The Last of the Blue Devils- plays "Mustang Sally" at night and gives guitar lessons during the day? Ah, sweet naivete...

(Art stolen off the internet.)

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