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Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker features a series of spotlight events in Kansas City throughout August. We are excited to continue showcasing Kansas City jazz while highlighting our hometown legend, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. Mark your calendars for the dates below!

Aug
22
Thu
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands, Pat Adams & Hal Melia @ KC Bier Co
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands, Pat Adams & Hal Melia @ KC Bier Co

The Kansas City Jazz Meetup group has been a fun way for us to get out to local venues and meet others in KC who love jazz!

On August 22nd, join us for an evening of live jazz at one of KC’s best breweries, KC Bier Co. What better way to celebrate jazz in KC than with a party and delicious German Bier?!

Enjoy live music by Bram Wijnands, Pat Adams along with special guest, Hal Melia. This is a performance that will surely have you up and out of your seat!

Aug
23
Fri
Friday @ The Phoenix with Lonnie McFadden @ The Phoenix
Aug 23 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Friday @ The Phoenix with Lonnie McFadden @ The Phoenix

This event features “Mr. Kansas City” himself, Lonnie McFadden! This event is one of many spotlight events included in “Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker”. Come on by and kick off the weekend with some energetic live jazz by Lonnie McFadden!

Kansas City and All That’s Jazz: Bringing Legends to Life at Liberty Performing Arts Theatre – TICKETS FOR SALE @ Liberty Performing Arts Theatre
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Kansas City and All That's Jazz: Bringing Legends to Life at Liberty Performing Arts Theatre - TICKETS FOR SALE @ Liberty Performing Arts Theatre

Join us for an exciting VIP reception & live performance highlighting the music of Kansas City’s greatest jazz legends including: Charlie Parker, Count Basie, “Big” Joe Turner, Mary Lou Williams, and more! Plus, a portion of all proceeds will benefit Liberty North & Liberty High jazz programs. Come out for a swinging good time!

Feature performers: Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet, Kansas City’s Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra, Liberty North & Liberty High School Jazz All-Stars.

Host: Bryan Busby, KMBC9 Chief Meteorologist

Dan Thomas Quintet @ The Blue Room
Aug 23 @ 8:30 pm – 11:45 pm
Dan Thomas Quintet @ The Blue Room

This performance, featuring Dan Thomas Quintet, is one of many “spotlight” events in August 2019. Each event highlights local venues and musicians. This special event will take place just outside of Kansas City in Leavenworth, Kansas. In the heart of the historic jazz district, The Blue Room is a great venue to enjoy live jazz!

Aug
24
Sat
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Tour – Tickets NOW Available! @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Tour - Tickets NOW Available! @ American Jazz Museum

Tour Guides:

Chuck Haddix – Director of UMKC Marr Sound Archives, host of KCUR 89.3 “Fish Fry” on Friday and Saturday nights, author of “Bird – The Life and Music of Charlie Parker” and “Kansas City Jazz – From Ragtime to Bebop“.

Jacob A. Wagner – Associate Professor, UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Director of Urban Studies, and faculty founder of the UMKC Center of Neighborhoods.

Charlie Parker spent many meaningful hours in and around the area known as 18th and Vine. Join tour guides Chuck Haddix and Jacob Wagner from UMKC on a walking tour of the Jazz District to learn more about the historical context in which Charlie Parker developed as a young musician. 18th and Vine – African American business district during the time of segregation – provided all of the necessary services for Kansas City’s black community at the time. This “city within the city” is known as the Black Metropolis – and Charlie Parker’s creative genius was one of many artistic innovations that grew from this vibrant corner of the world. Tour the jazz district and learn about the remaining historical buildings and places where Charlie Parker lived and worked – from the Lincoln Building to the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

We will meet at the American Jazz Museum between 9:30am and 10am. Walking tour starts promptly at 10am. Tickets are required.

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Kansas City Scout Jazz Music Day @ B.A.C. Musical Instruments
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Kansas City Scout Jazz Music Day @ B.A.C. Musical Instruments

On August 24th, B.A.C. Musical Instruments will host an event with Boy Scouts of America. Scouts will learn about music and there will be a live band and plenty of games to keep scouts entertained, including a musical instrument petting zoo! Musicians will be working directly with kids. Merit Badge Counselors will be present so Scouts can earn the Music Merit Badges. Stay tuned for more details.

Charlie Parker: Expectations of Bird @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Charlie Parker: Expectations of Bird @ American Jazz Museum

Kansas City saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was born August 29th, 1920. To celebrate his legacy, AJM has free events throughout the month of August!

“Expectations of Bird” is an art showcase by Ron Chaney, owner of Ethnic Art Gallery, and artist Alexander Austin. Artwork will be for sale.

Jackson County Historical Society’s Bird’s 99th Birthday Bash @ Mutual Musicians Foundation
Aug 24 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Jackson County Historical Society's Bird's 99th Birthday Bash @ Mutual Musicians Foundation

Join the Jackson County Historical Society and Mutual Musicians Foundation to celebrate Charlie “Bird” Parker’s 99th Birthday!

The evening will include food, drinks and jazz. Guests will enjoy the atmosphere of the historic Mutual Musicians Foundation, where legendary jazz greats jammed together. Enjoy live performances with original and contemporary arrangements and their classics. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door (plus fees). Your ticket includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a couple drinks. There will also be a small silent auction to benefit JCHS and MMF. The evening celebrates the history of Kansas City jazz and such jazz greats as Bennie Moten, Charlie Parker and Count Basie – all who played and jammed at the Mutual Musicians Hall.

Aug
25
Sun
Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant @ The Phoenix
Aug 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant @ The Phoenix

This event featuring Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant is one of many spotlight events included in “Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker”. Join the fun for Sunday Brunch at the Phoenix on August 25th!

Aug
27
Tue
Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant with Special Guests @ Intercontinental Hotel
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant with Special Guests @ Intercontinental Hotel

This event featuring Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant is one of many spotlight events included in “Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker”. Special guests include students from UMKC Jazz Studies program, you won’t be disappointed! Come on by, enjoy live jazz and a cold beverage!

Aug
28
Wed
Brad Gregory Sextet at Westport Coffeehouse @ Westport Coffee House
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Brad Gregory Sextet at Westport Coffeehouse @ Westport Coffee House

Join us for a swingin’ good time at Westport Coffee House!

Brad Gregory sextet is a local sextet featuring many fine trumpet players in KC. They often play original arrangements of jazz classics not heard elsewhere.

Aug
29
Thu
Charlie Parker: Bird’s Fixings @ The Blue Room
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Charlie Parker: Bird's Fixings @ The Blue Room

Kansas City saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was born August 29th, 1920. To celebrate his legacy, American Jazz Museum has free events throughout the month of August!

In partnership with Marr Sound Archives and the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, “Bird’s Fixings” features a panel discussion and tribute jam for Kansas City saxophone legend Charlie “Yardbird” Parker! There will be a cash bar at this event.

See full schedule for Bird’s Fixings and more details HERE.

David Basse at Reserve Restaurant & Lounge @ Ambassador Hotel @ Reserve Restaurant & Lounge
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
David Basse at Reserve Restaurant & Lounge @ Ambassador Hotel @ Reserve Restaurant & Lounge

The Reserve inside the Ambassador Hotel in Downtown KC is a great spot for live jazz and a great atmosphere. The Reserve brings some of the best Kansas City musicians to accompany the swank vibes and outstanding cuisine with some sweet melodies and contagious rhythms. Join us on Charlie Parker’s Birthday for a live performance by David Basse and special guest.

Aug
30
Fri
Dan Thomas Quintet @ 424 Lounge
Aug 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Dan Thomas Quintet @ 424 Lounge

This performance, featuring Dan Thomas Quintet, is one of many “spotlight” events in August 2019. Each event highlights local venues and musicians. This special event will take place just outside of Kansas City in Leavenworth, Kansas. 424 Lounge is a new venue you definitely need to check out!

Aug
31
Sat
Charlie Parker Tribute at Soirée Steak & Oyster House @ Soirée Steak & Oyster House
Aug 31 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Charlie Parker Tribute at Soirée Steak & Oyster House @ Soirée Steak & Oyster House

An evening of live music in tribute to Kansas City’s greatest legend of jazz music, Charlie Parker. Featured musicians are David Valdez (alto saxophone), Seth Lee (bass), Brian Ward (piano) & John Kizilarmut (drums) with special guests throughout the night playing and celebrating the music and life of Charlie Parker. Guests will be able to enjoy fine food and drinks from the incredible menu at Soiree Steak and Oyster House in the Historic 18th & Vine District! More information at https://www.facebook.com/events/332708530726335/ or https://www.livejazzkc.com/special-events/charlieparker

Walk ins are welcome