Chuck Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 380,000 historic sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri--Kansas City. Haddix hosts the “Fish Fry,” a popular radio program featuring the finest in Americana, blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive and zydeco on kcur.org FM 89.3, Kansas City’s public radio station, Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 to midnight. Haddix also teaches Kansas City jazz history at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Over the years, Haddix has contributed to a wide variety of theatrical, recording, video and film projects including “Cronkite Remembers” a biography of Walter Cronkite, Robert Altman's Kansas City and Merchant-Ivory's Mr. and Mrs. Bridge. His articles have appeared in Down Beat, Living Blues Magazine and The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. In 2005, he co-authored, with Frank Driggs, a history of Kansas City jazz, Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop–A History for Oxford University Press. His biography of Charlie Parker, Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, was published in 2013 by the University of Illinois Press.