I joke a lot about the current state of Jazz but, admittedly, I realize it's part of Kansas City's history.
Accordingly, AN AWESOME TKC TIPSTER sends the following info for all of us to lament:
"A very credible source within the KCMO district claims that Lincoln Prep is officially dropping their jazz band program. Due to apparent budget issues -- which often translates to the arts taking the first hit. The school that produced musical talents like Charlie Parker, Kevin Mahogany and others will no longer have the sound of jazz echoing through its halls. The band had an amazing tour just last year that included a performance at New York's Carnegie Hall!"First of all, thank you to this AWESOME TIPSTER who obviously cares a great deal about KC's History and the resources available to local students. A look at the program's website reveals how important it is to this community . . . As the recession, mismanagement and overall fail seem to have deprived KC students yet again.