[JPL] Clinton's sax in jazz museum
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Sun Dec 23 14:19:08 EST 2007
Cleaver presents a Clinton saxophone to jazz museum in KC
By MATT CAMPBELL
The Kansas City Star
It took years, but U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri finally coaxed
former President Bill Clinton to give his favorite saxophone to the
American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.
How did he do it?
"Worrying him to death," Cleaver said Friday after presenting the alto
sax to the museum along with a check for $312,000 from this week's
spending bill passed by Congress.
Cleaver said he first raised the subject when Clinton visited the jazz
museum while president and was enrapt by Charlie Parker's saxophone.
Cleaver brought up the subject again every time he saw Clinton after
that, including at the Truman Library anniversary in July.
Clinton finally said OK, but when Cleaver flew to New York to pick it
up, he was told it had been sent to Clinton's presidential William J.
Clinton Presidential Library & Museum in Little Rock, Ark. Several phone
calls later, the jazz museum finally received the instrument.
"The president contacted the director of the Clinton library and said,
you know, 'Give it up,'" Cleaver said. "So we get it."
That makes two saxophones Cleaver has delivered to the museum, including
Parker's plastic alto instrument. As Kansas City mayor, Cleaver bid
$119,000 for that sax in an auction.
"This one is a lot less costly," Cleaver said.
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