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!
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
The ARC Student Jazz Jam Session program realizes the integration of Kansas artists into a music fieldwork educational setting in an actual working community jazz venue – the family-friendly and superbly appointed, 424 Lounge in Leavenworth, Kansas. The program features a 12-month annual residency and professional development collaborations that feature partnerships among our artists, schools, arts organizations, and arts programs of non-arts organizations to provide a learning environment where students of jazz can be mentored on the bandstand. The program is also a creative collaboration that integrates jazz music into the areas of functional business practices; helps participants interpret the performance and presentation during the sessions; and supports regional arts programming and community development goals and objectives as well. The program is a collaboration and partnership with 424 Lounge. A primary feature of this program is ARC artist interaction with both students and community members. This event features learning and playing several of the compositions written by the famous Kansas City native and jazz icon, Charlie Parker.
Charlie “Bird” Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Kansas City, Missouri – his artistic innovations would ultimately lead him to worldwide musical acclaim. This undisputed and universal acknowledgement as an innovator and musical genius continues to the present.
“Bird” Boot Camp is an applied jazz education experience that immerses participants into the theory and practice of jazz music on several levels. Performance. Compositional Theory. Improvisation.
Official time TBD
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 27th, 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 with special guests. This is a performance that will surely have you up and out of your seat!
Ticket information coming soon!
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.
Thomas will lead the most significant artistic voices in the City (many with international reputations) and highlight the momentous Kansas City musical impact on Charlie Parker. The band will celebrate Kansas City’s unique cultural history, present and future while simultaneously honoring Bird. The show will also acknowledge Bird’s transformative musical impact on past, present and future generations.
Time subject to change. Stay tuned for further details and ticket information.