" You can't play American music without feeling you're a link in the chain."
Larry Baeder was born in Philadelphia and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Many of the older jazz greats who were from KC, such as Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and Lester Young, were still alive when he was growing up.
Larry’s explanation of his preference for the electric guitar is filled with musical lore. The electric guitar was invented in the U.S. It is loud! Since the1950's, the guitar has been the dominant instrument of our musical culture. It’s affordable and portable. Something about electric guitar connects to a young man in a very primal way.
Jazz and blues are starting to come back to Key West. There are ideas percolating around of a blues and jazz Festival in Key West. The current Key West Songwriters Festival brings a lot of people, as does the Trop Rock "Meeting of the Minds."
A musician needs the understanding of musical history, not just who did what when, but an understanding of the intricacies of the differences that separates musicians from one another and most importantly an appreciation and thirst to learn those differences. Without that, you are "technician" of music. The love of music, musical history, and experience is imparted to an audience in a very kind beautiful giving way, without being pretentious or preachy. Larry feels the person in Key West who embodies that love is Bill Blue. Younger musicians keep the body of music alive and growing. To Larry, the Key West music scene is "this living beautiful thing that is truly unique.” It's really a gift to be recognized and embraced, treasured and celebrated by all Key Westers. The real beauty is, "They do.”
Check out the Key West music scene and my new book "The Soul of Key West" released November 22, 2013. Its the story of our contemporary Key West Music.
THE SOUL OF KEY WEST This is the first book about the Key West Music scene. The story is told by 46 musicians along with over 200 color photographs - available at: