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. 


Anonymous said...

Ellington and Gil Evans will now get a little relief.

Anonymous said...

Very sad news and a big loss for the KC jazz scene. Kerry Strayer was a great musician and an even better person. I enjoyed chatting with after gigs. He spent time getting to know the non musicians in the crowd - very considerate and generous with his time. He will be missed.