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Legislation #: 010172 Introduction Date: 1/25/2001
Type: Special Action Effective Date: 1/25/2001
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER RILEY
Title: On the death of Clarence "Sonny" Kenner.

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RESOLUTION NO. 010172

 

On the death of Clarence Sonny Kenner.

 

WHEREAS, Clarence Martin Kenner, known as Sonny by his family, friends and fans, passed away January 23, 2001; and

 

WHEREAS, Sonny Kenner was born June 2, 1933, in Kansas City, Missouri, and devoted his life to music of all kinds jazz, rhythm & blues, ballads, swing, classical, pop, rock, gospel and country western; and

 

WHEREAS, an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, pianist, drummer and saxophonist, Sonny has delighted audiences worldwide with his eclectic performances; and

 

WHEREAS, as one of Kansas Citys Elder Statesmen of Jazz, Sonny has been a mainstay of local clubs and functions for three decades; and

 

WHEREAS, Sonny served for many years as a mentor and teacher for younger musicians, at both elementary and high schools, and Penn Valley College; and

 

WHEREAS, the blues and jazz community of Kansas City is saddened by his passing but will continue to glory in his music; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council are hereby express their deep sorrow on the death of Sonny Kenner and extend their heartfelt condolences to his family; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that copies hereof be presented to his family in token of the sadness felt by the Mayor and Council on this occasion and in tribute to his great artistry and many contributions to the culture of Kansas City.

 

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