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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
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

Aug
19
Wed
12th Street Jump @ Black Dolphin
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Aug
22
Sat
Bird Boot Camp @ Location TBD
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bird Boot Camp @ Location TBD

Ticket information coming soon!

“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. Stay tuned for more details!

Aug
23
Sun
2,000 Sax Salute to Bird @ Location TBD
Aug 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join KC Jazz Ambassadors while they break the record for highest number of saxophones in one space, playing at one time! 2,000+ horns are expected to attend and perform a tune by KC legend, Charlie Parker.

Time and location details TBD. Stay tuned for updates!

Aug
27
Thu
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands and Special Guests @ KC Bier Co
Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands and Special Guests @ 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 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!

Aug
28
Fri
Celebrating Bird 2020: The Music of Charlie Parker @ Soiree Steak & Oyster House
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Aug
29
Sat
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at American Jazz Museum
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at American Jazz Museum

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.

Charlie Parker ‘100 – Kansas City All Stars Featuring Dan Thomas @ Folly Theater
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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.