LET'S CELEBRATE!

Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Kansas City native, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker!
Aug
8
Thu
Kansas City Jazz Legacy Exhibition Aug 8 – 22 @ Liberty Community Center
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am
Kansas City Jazz Legacy Exhibition Aug 8 - 22 @ Liberty Community Center

From August 8 – 22, visit the Liberty Community Center to enjoy the “Kansas City Jazz Legacy Exhibition”, on display all day.

David Valdez Trio in Leavenworth @ 424 Lounge
Aug 8 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
David Valdez Trio in Leavenworth @ 424 Lounge

This performance, featuring the David Valdez Trio is one of many “spotlight” events. 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
15
Thu
Jazz, Millennials, and the Music and Legacy of Charlie Parker – Nelson-Atkins 3rd Thursday @ Nelson-Atkins Museum
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Jazz, Millennials, and the Music and Legacy of Charlie Parker - Nelson-Atkins 3rd Thursday @ Nelson-Atkins Museum

Moderated by Mitch Butler, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies for UMKC, will moderate an engaging panel discussion in conjunction with Nelson-Atkins Museum’s Third Thursday event.

This event will kick off “Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker”, a multi-day event dedicated to elevating jazz in Kansas City. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

A discussion concerning the state of music and jazz with the millennial generation and their relationship to the musical innovations of Charlie Parker. The focus will range from the subject of jazz education of young musicians to the influence of Parker’s music on current and future performers of jazz and other styles of music. The panel will investigate these topics from a local, national, and international perspective.

Panelists:

Mitch Butler – Moderator

Bobby Watson – Saxophonist and Legendary KC Musician and Recording Artist

Tia Fuller – Saxophonist and International Touring Musician and Recording Artist

Eddie Moore – Pianist, recording Artist, Producer, and KC Musician

Tickets for this event are FREE, but they are required.

While you are here, be sure to check out the latest exhibition, 30 Americans. Drawn exclusively from the acclaimed Miami-based Rubell Family Collection, 30 Americans features 30 of the most significant African American artists of the past four decades. Together, their art resonates with celebration and critique, reckons with triumph and tragedy, and offers an exploration of what it means to be American.

EXHIBITION TICKETS:

Members and Youth under 12 FREE

Adults: $18

Seniors: $16

Students: $10

 

Aug
16
Fri
Charlie Parker: Bird’s the Word @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Charlie Parker: Bird's the Word @ 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!

“Bird’s the Word” features poetry and a beatbox performance and workshop by local Kansas City artists.

Click HERE for full schedule of “Bird’s the Word” and additional details.

Marty Morrison Trio featuring David Valdez @ 424 Lounge
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Marty Morrison Trio featuring David Valdez @ 424 Lounge

This performance, featuring the Marty Morrison Trio, ft David Valdez is one of many “spotlight” events. 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
17
Sat
Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp – TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE! @ Gem Theater
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp - TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE! @ Gem Theater

What: Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp

When: Saturday, August 17, 2018 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Where: GEM Theater | 1615 E 18th Street, Kansas City, MO

*** Limited Tuition Waiver Scholarships: Our generous donors allow us to offer a limited number of scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need.

Kansas City Jazz ALIVE, in partnership with the Kansas City Jazz Academy and KC Area Youth Jazz, present this year’s popular Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp.

The Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp is a jazz immersion program for middle school and high school students with at least one year of music experience. Spend the day learning about jazz music, improvisation, and the music and genius of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker from the Kansas City music scene’s top musical talents! We will close the camp with a mini-concert performance featuring YOU!

Download your Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp Guidebook HERE!

JOIN US FOR:

  • Jazz Lessons with our great Boot Camp Faculty
  • Masterclasses and Clinics
  • Lunch with friends & faculty
  • FREE Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-Along
  • FREE Jamey Aebersold Jazz Handbook
  • Mini-concert performance
  • And door prizes!!

YOUR CAMP FACULTY:

JAZZ ARTIST TALKS AND CLINICS:

Camp tuition is:

$30/ Early “Bird” Rate: Now through July 30th

$45/ Regular Rate: July 30 – August 17

Christopher Burnett Quartet @ Soirée Steak & Oyster House
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Christopher Burnett Quartet @ Soirée Steak & Oyster House

Christopher Burnett Quartet: Burnett, alto saxophone and compositions; Roger Wilder; piano, Bill McKemy, Bass; Clarence Smith, drums are performing at Soirée Steak & Oyster House August 17. The quartet will perform a set dedicated to Charlie Parker’s music along with masterworks from the middle and late 20th Century’s modern jazz canon and original compositions. As a member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s is an eclectic instrumental jazz ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists who are also experienced music educators.

Aug
18
Sun
Stan Kessler with Kathleen Holeman at Chaz on the Plaza @ Chaz on the Plaza
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stan Kessler with Kathleen Holeman at Chaz on the Plaza @ Chaz on the Plaza

Stan Kessler is a jazz stalwart on the KC scene, leading several working bands. Kathleen Holeman is one of the swinginest singers and pianist on the planet. Together, they make music that is delightful, memorable and entertaining in any setting.

Aug
20
Tue
Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins at Johnson County Community College @ Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - Atrium
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins at Johnson County Community College @ Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - Atrium

This performance, featuring Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins is one of many “spotlight” events. Each event highlights local venues and musicians.

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.

CLICK FOR TICKETS! 

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