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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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