Monday, May 19, 2008
Self-styled "jazz activist" Ed Fenner reportedly died yesterday.
Fenner was a tireless promoter of jazz in Kansas City. He was responsible for compiling the Jazz Ambassador's jazz calendar. As I've previously noted, it's the single most valuable resource for local jazz fans. He also sold advertising for JAM magazine. And he had hoped to launch KC Jazz Voice this year.
Fenner and I didn't hear or experience jazz the same way. I'd be the first to admit that I have only a fraction of his energetic passion for the art form. I spotted him at nearly every traditional jazz show I attended at the Folly and Jardine's in the past few years.
Fenner's passing isn't just a terrible loss for his family and friends. It's a devastating blow to Kansas City's jazz community.