Clinton's saxophone headed to Jazz Museum

Here’s some honking good news from 18th and Vine:

Former President Bill Clinton has donated one of his saxophones to the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver and the museum announced the donation today. The saxophone, a gift from Clinton and signed by the former president, had been in the collection of his presidential library in Little Rock, Ark.

“Though he may have been unable to hang in a jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation,” Cleaver said in a statement, “he is the only leader of the free world to be a jazz musician and I know he would have loved the chance to sit in on a set.”

Cleaver also noted that the museum had landed $312,000 from the federal budget just passed by Congress. The money is intended to be used for education programs, new exhibits and the ongoing archival restoration of the museum’s huge collection of jazz films.

Clinton’s saxophone is expected to be handed over in a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday in the Blue Room, the museum’s jazz club.

-- Steve Paul,