Book Signing: Last Call by Steve Penn
Author Steve Penn will be signing copies of his book Last Call: The History of Kansas City’s Coda Jazz Fund on Saturday, November 10th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm in the Atrium.
Last Call chronicles the lives of over 20 area musicians ranging from the late bassist Milt Abel to the late saxophonist Horace Washington. Other musicians in the book include the late Bennie Moten, Oliver Todd, and Claude “Fiddler” Williams. The book also features historical photographs of each musician. The foreword is written by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver.
Author Steve Penn is a former award-winning columnist for the Kansas City Star, where he worked for 31 years. Penn graduated from Sumner High School in Kansas City, KS. in 1976. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He is the co-founder of the Coda Jazz Fund, a fund that helps to pay the funeral and burial expenses of needy Kansas City jazz musicians.
A portion of the proceeds from each book will go to the Coda Jazz Fund. The Coda Jazz Fund started in 2002. Since the organization began, the Coda Jazz Fund has paid for over 30 funerals and burials of area jazz musicians.