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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
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

Jul
19
Sun
“Saxophone Supreme: The Life & Music of Charlie Parker” Exhibit Reception @ American Jazz Museum
Jul 19 @ 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm
"Saxophone Supreme: The Life & Music of Charlie Parker" Exhibit Reception @ American Jazz Museum

Exhibit Curators: Chuck Haddix & Geri Sanders. Partnership with American Jazz Museum, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Mid-America Arts Alliance.

For Charlie Parker’s centennial year, please join us for a special preview reception and tour of our newest temporary exhibition.

The evening’s experience will include:

–           Welcome from American Jazz Museum Executive Director Rashida Phillips

–           Remarks from exhibit co-curators Geri Sanders and Chuck Haddix.

–           Music from the Kansas City Jazz Academy and special guest Bobby Watson

–           Viewing of the special exhibit in three timed shifts

–           A cash bar and refreshments available

You MUST register for this event in order to attend.

Reserve your tickets HERE

In compliance with the Mayor’s ordinance, masks will be required. Social distancing is strongly recommended for this event. Areas of the Museum including the permanent exhibition, atrium, and back patio will be open to promote health and safety practices.

More information about Saxophone Supreme: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker HERE

Aug
7
Fri
Jazz Storytelling – Celebrating the Life of Charlie Parker @ AJM @ Jay McShann Pavilion
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Jazz storytelling to assist children with celebrating the life of Charlie Parker. The event will take place at the American Jazz Museum outside on the Jay McShann Pavilion. RSVP is required, https://americanjazzmuseum.org/event/jazz-storytelling-charlie-parker-birthday-celebration

Aug
11
Tue
Charles Perkins & Gerald Spaits (Audio-Only) @ Polsky Theater
Aug 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Aug
15
Sat
ARC Student Jazz Jam Session @ 424 Lounge
Aug 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ARC Student Jazz Jam Session @ 424 Lounge

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 ARC Student Jazz Jam Session 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 ARC Student Jazz Jam Session 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 ARC Student Jazz Jam Session 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.

Aug
22
Sat
Bird Boot Camp @ American Jazz Museum / GEM Theater
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bird Boot Camp @ American Jazz Museum / GEM Theater

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.

Bird Boot Camp Finale Sax Salute to Charlie Parker
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Bird Boot Camp Finale Sax Salute to Charlie Parker

Following Bird Boot Camp on August 22nd, students will take to the streets of the Jazz District for a sax salute to Charlie Parker! Guests are invited to the Jazz District to enjoy the performance. Masks are required where 6 feet social distancing is not an option.

Aug
23
Sun
Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant @ The Phoenix
Aug 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Mark Slimm’s RSS Trio Live & Streaming @ Black Dolphin
Aug 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Black Dolphin Covid Rules & Schedule:

1. Masks must be worn at all times at tables and everywhere within the building. No Exceptions.

2. Briefly lift mask to drink then immediately replace mask.

3. $5 Entry Fee at all times

4. 40 patrons occupancy

Aug
24
Mon
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands and Special Guests @ KC Bier Co
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands and Special Guests @ KC Bier Co

Every August, local jazz advocacy organization KC Jazz Alive celebrates the life of Charlie Parker, the pioneering jazz saxophonist who called Kansas City home. This year we celebrate the 100th Birthday of Charlie Parker and Kansas City Jazz.

Join us at KC Bier Co. for a night of Jazz in the Bierhalle on August 24th featuring live performances by Bram & Lucy Wijnands and Kadesh Flow. We will have a 5:30 p.m. showing and 8:00 p.m. showing with assigned seating indoors and outdoors to ensure adherence to social distancing guidelines. Tables will be available for parties of 2, 4 and 6 guests. Masks are required and will be allowed to be removed once you are seated at your table. In the event of rain or excessive heat the show will be cancelled and guests will be issued a full refund.

Monday 8/24/20
2 showings
5:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:30pm  (last call 6:30 p.m.)
8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30pm (last call 9:00 p.m.)
 
Table for 2 – $14 (11 tables available)
Table for 4 – $24 (11 tables available)
Table for 6 – $30 ( 6  tables available) 
Aug
26
Wed
Ken Lovern’s OJT Live & Streaming @ Black Dolphin
Aug 26 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Black Dolphin Covid Rules & Schedule:

1. Masks must be worn at all times at tables and everywhere within the building. No Exceptions.

2. Briefly lift mask to drink then immediately replace mask.

3. $5 Entry Fee at all times

4. 40 patrons occupancy

 

Aug
28
Fri
Spoken Word Tribute to Charlie Parker @ Bruce R Watkins Cultural Heritage Center (Virtual)
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Spoken Word Tribute to Charlie Parker @ Bruce R Watkins Cultural Heritage Center (Virtual)

Poetry event hosted by Glenn North, Director – Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center. Special guest, Yusef Komunyakaa will be doing a poetry reading as well. This will be an online event.

Aug
29
Sat
Charlie Parker Sunrise Ceremony @ Charlie Parker Memorial Sculpture
Aug 29 @ 6:15 am – 7:15 am

Guests will assemble at 6:15am at the Charlie Parker Memorial Statue. Sunrise will take place at 6:45am. African drumming will be performed to bring up the sun on Parker’s 100th Birthday. Music will be led by the Traditional Music Society, Bird Ellington Fleming, http://www.traditionalmusicsociety.org/ This ceremony is organized by UNESCO Creative City Kansas City – City of Music.

Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at American Jazz Museum
Aug 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at American Jazz Museum

Get your tickets TODAY for a walking tour of one of Kansas City’s most historic neighborhoods; 18th & Vine Jazz District! August 29, 2020 is the 100th Birthday of Kansas City jazz legend, Charlie Parker. Celebrate by touring Bird’s old stomping grounds and feel his tunes run through you!

Please note, in an effort to minimize the number of people gathered in one space, we have split this tour into two with two different start times. The first tour will run from 9:30am – 10:30am and the second tour will be held from 10:30am – 11:30am. Each tour is limited to 26 people.

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.

Attendees for the 9:30am tour will meet outside behind the American Jazz Museum in the Jay McShann Pavilion at 9:15am to be checked in. Attendees for the 10:30am tour will meet behing the American Jazz Museum in the Jay McShann Pavilion at 10:15am to be checked in. Please be sure to bring your tickets with you.

Following the walking tour, you are invited to tour American Jazz Museum’s latest exhibition, “Saxophone Supreme: The Life & Music of Charlie Parker”.

Charles Parker™ is a trademark of the Estate of Charles C. Parker, Jr.

“Bird: Not Out of Nowhere” Documentary Screening by KCPT @ Streaming
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lonnie McFadden @ Ambassador Hotel
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lonnie McFadden @ Ambassador Hotel

The American Reserve brings you some of the best Kansas City musicians accompanied by soulful cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Bask in the refreshing weather as you relax and enjoy the romantic ambiance brought to you by The American Reserve. Because of limited seating and social distancing, reservations are required. Choose ‘outdoor seating’ when you do. Click here to make a reservation. 

Aug
30
Sun
12th Street Jump Radio Broadcast @ KCUR 89.3
Aug 30 @ 12:00 am – 1:00 am

There will be a Charlie Parker-themed show on KCUR from 12am – 1am on Sunday, August 30th. This will feature Bobby Watson. The broadcast is from 2017.