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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
1
Sun
Saxophone Supreme: The Life & Music of Charlie Parker @ American Jazz Museum (& Virtual)
Aug 1 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 31 @ 1:00 pm
Saxophone Supreme: The Life & Music of Charlie Parker @ American Jazz Museum (& Virtual)

View full Virtual exhibit here –> https://library.umkc.edu/exhibits/saxophone

A partnership between the American Jazz Museum and UMKC Libraries, the exhibit Saxophone Supreme celebrates the Centennial of Charlie “Bird” Parker, one of the most influential musicians and composers of all time. Born and raised in the Kansas City area, alto saxophonist, Parker pioneered Bebop a revolution in jazz. Throughout his career, Parker continued to innovate and explore new musical vistas. He influenced ensuing generations of musicians across a broad range of styles. His genius also inspired writers, artists, dancers and filmmakers.

This centennial exhibition features groundbreaking research, album covers, sheet music, photos, memorabilia and rare audio clips drawn from the collections of the American Jazz Museum, LaBudde Special Collections/Marr Sound Archives at UMKC, the Institute for Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark, Norman Saks and Brian Johnston. Chuck Haddix, the Curator of the Sound Archives and Geri Sanders, Director of Collections for the American Jazz Museum, co-curated the exhibit. Haddix is the author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker.

Check out this write-up on the exhibit from Jazz Tokyo!

Aug
14
Sat
ARC Student Jam Session @ 424 Lounge
Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
ARC Student Jam Session @ 424 Lounge

Live jazz at 424 Lounge!

Parker Saxophone Summit: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 14 @ 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Parker Saxophone Summit: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Matt Otto & Adam Larson headline two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

About Matt Otto

Matt Otto studied music performance and composition at Indiana University , Berklee School of Music, New School of Jazz, (BFA) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Having lived in Japan for 5 years, New York City for 7 years and Los Angeles for 6 years, he has performed with a variety of artists including Anthony Wilson, Larry Koonse, Rashid Bakr, Ben Monder, Wadada Leo Smith, Willie Jones III, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Charlie Haden , Joe La Barbera, Leroy Vinegar, Jimmy Smith, Paul Jackson, Ari Honig, Ben Street, Mike Moreno, Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Danny Weiss, William Parker, Matt Wilson, Steve Cardenas, Bobby Watson, Bob Weir, Deborah Brown, Larry Goldings, Jerry Bergonzi, Eric Harland, Sheryl Bailey, Darek Oles, Erik McPherson, John Stowell, Ralph Peterson, Alan Pasqua, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reggie Workman and many others.

About Adam Larson

Adam Larson (b. 1990) is an American saxophonist, composer, educator and author currently residing in the Kansas City-area.

Larson teaches music business, jazz pedagogy and applied jazz saxophone lessons at UMKC Conservatory, where he has been on faculty since 2019. Larson holds BM and MM degrees in jazz performance from The Manhattan School of Music and was a part of the vibrant NYC jazz scene for eleven years before relocating in 2019.

Larson continues to perform in NYC with some of the greatest musicians in the genre.

As a guest artist, Larson has been invited to present masterclasses on music business, improvisation and composition at more than fifty universities across the globe.

Adam has recorded five albums and maintains an active touring schedule year-round playing his original music.

Parker Saxophone Summit: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 14 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Parker Saxophone Summit: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Matt Otto & Adam Larson headline two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

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About Matt Otto

Matt Otto studied music performance and composition at Indiana University , Berklee School of Music, New School of Jazz, (BFA) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Having lived in Japan for 5 years, New York City for 7 years and Los Angeles for 6 years, he has performed with a variety of artists including Anthony Wilson, Larry Koonse, Rashid Bakr, Ben Monder, Wadada Leo Smith, Willie Jones III, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Gregory Hutchinson, Jonathan Kreisberg, Charlie Haden , Joe La Barbera, Leroy Vinegar, Jimmy Smith, Paul Jackson, Ari Honig, Ben Street, Mike Moreno, Sara Gazarek, Josh Nelson, Danny Weiss, William Parker, Matt Wilson, Steve Cardenas, Bobby Watson, Bob Weir, Deborah Brown, Larry Goldings, Jerry Bergonzi, Eric Harland, Sheryl Bailey, Darek Oles, Erik McPherson, John Stowell, Ralph Peterson, Alan Pasqua, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reggie Workman and many others.

About Adam Larson

Adam Larson (b. 1990) is an American saxophonist, composer, educator and author currently residing in the Kansas City-area.

Larson teaches music business, jazz pedagogy and applied jazz saxophone lessons at UMKC Conservatory, where he has been on faculty since 2019. Larson holds BM and MM degrees in jazz performance from The Manhattan School of Music and was a part of the vibrant NYC jazz scene for eleven years before relocating in 2019.

Larson continues to perform in NYC with some of the greatest musicians in the genre.

As a guest artist, Larson has been invited to present masterclasses on music business, improvisation and composition at more than fifty universities across the globe.

Adam has recorded five albums and maintains an active touring schedule year-round playing his original music.

Aug
17
Tue
Bird 101: The Art of Charlie Parker in Kansas City @ The Tivoli Theater
Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Bird 101: The Art of Charlie Parker in Kansas City @ The Tivoli Theater

Celebrate Charlie Parker’s enduring musical legacy with a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary Bird: Not Out of Nowhere and a panel discussion in the Tivoli Theater at the Nelson Atkins-Museum of Art.

Produced by Brad Austin, an Emmy-Award-winning KCPT Producer, Bird: Not Out of Nowhere takes an in-depth look at Parker’s early life and music and his enduring influence on present-day Kansas City jazz musicians. The documentary features rarely-seen archival footage, interviews, and performances by Bobby Watson, Lonnie McFadden, Logan Richardson, and commentary by Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker.

The August 17th screening from 5:30 – 6:30 will be followed by a lively panel discussion featuring Austin, Watson, McFadden, and Haddix.

Check out this write-up on the documentary in London Jazz News!

Aug
18
Wed
Jackie Myers Quartet @ Chaz on the Plaza
Aug 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jackie Myers Quartet @ Chaz on the Plaza

Pianist /vocalist Jackie Myers has been splitting her time between Austin and KC. The Austin Chronicle describes “her earthy lungs” finding a musical home in both locales. Myers’ mix of soul and jazz highlight her heartfelt voice and musical skill.

Aug
20
Fri
Tim Whitmer Quartet with Jim Mair @ Black Dolphin
Aug 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tim Whitmer Quartet with Jim Mair @ Black Dolphin

Live jazz at Black Dolphin!

Lonnie McFadden @ Lonnie's Reno Club
Aug 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lonnie McFadden @ Lonnie's Reno Club

Lonnie McFadden performs live at Lonnie’s Reno Club. Confirm your table by booking your reservation in advance (816-298-7700). Walk ins are welcome after 8pm with a $25 cover charge.

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Ouellette Trio: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 20 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Andrew Ouellette Trio: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Andrew Ouellette Trio headlines two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

Andrew Ouellette is a pianist, composer, and educator currently residing in Kansas City, MO. He had the privilege to study under world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory from 2008-2012, earning his bachelor of music in jazz performance. Andrew also earned his MBA from UMKC in 2016. Andrew enjoys a busy playing and teaching schedule in the Kansas City area, and has been blessed to be able to share the stage with many nationally and internationally recognized artists such as Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Tivon Pennicott, Lonnie McFadden, Lisa Henry, Marilyn Maye, Matt Kane, The Sons of Brasil, Hermon Mehari, Peter Schlamb and many others. Andrew has also been fortunate to study under Roger Wilder, Bram Wijnands, and John McIntyre.

Andrew Ouellette Trio: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 20 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Andrew Ouellette Trio: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Andrew Ouellette Trio headlines two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

Andrew Ouellette is a pianist, composer, and educator currently residing in Kansas City, MO. He had the privilege to study under world-renowned saxophonist Bobby Watson at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory from 2008-2012, earning his bachelor of music in jazz performance. Andrew also earned his MBA from UMKC in 2016. Andrew enjoys a busy playing and teaching schedule in the Kansas City area, and has been blessed to be able to share the stage with many nationally and internationally recognized artists such as Bobby Watson, Roy Hargrove, Tivon Pennicott, Lonnie McFadden, Lisa Henry, Marilyn Maye, Matt Kane, The Sons of Brasil, Hermon Mehari, Peter Schlamb and many others. Andrew has also been fortunate to study under Roger Wilder, Bram Wijnands, and John McIntyre.

Aug
21
Sat
Bird Boot Camp @ Folly Theater
Aug 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bird Boot Camp @ Folly Theater

Bird Boot Camp has been a significant applied instrumental music program element that’s been part of the annual August spotlight celebration of Jazz celebrity, globally recognized musical icon, and Kansas native, Charlie “Bird” Parker, that takes place at venues throughout the greater KC metro since 2014.

It’s going to be another all-day educational immersion into learning about the music and life of Mr. Parker on Saturday, August 21, 2021 at another historic Kansas City icon, The Folly Theater.

Our Bird Boot Camp 2021 “featured celebrity” artist is Ronald McFadden from the legendarily brilliant McFadden Brothers’ frame. Ronald will interact with the campers musically and lead the Musical Salute in the lobby of The Folly at the end of the event.

Bird Boot Camp 2021 features three combination group ensembles in breakout sessions as they study a particular Charlie Parker composition in detail with some of the foremost educators teaching jazz anywhere today:

“Now’s The Time” by Charlie Parker (combo directed by Prof. Clarence Smith – Kansas City Jazz Academy and Metropolitan Community College Music) for the newest jazz musicians;

“Yardbird Suite” by Charlie Parker (combo directed by Dr. Todd Wilkinson – Ottawa University Music) for the intermediate jazz musicians;

and, “Donna Lee” by Charlie Parker (combo directed by Dr. Michael Parkinson – Conn-Selmer Artist and MidAmerica Nazarene University Jazz) for more experienced jazz musicians at the day camp.

Each of the combos will enjoy three scheduled clinics with their directors engaged in detailed study of the music, and one of the sessions will be on the main stage of The Folly Theater performing with an all-star jazz rhythm section comprised of: Gerald Spaits (bass – Jay McShann, Westport Art Ensemble, UMKC Adjunct Professor); Will Mathews (guitar – The World Famous Count Basie Orchestra, Grammy Winner); Dr. Justin Binek (piano – Midnight Blue Jazz Quartet and Assistant Professor of Music, Kansas City Community College Jazz Studies); and Doug Auwarter (drums – the Sons of Brasil). Students will also be able to interact with these jazz celebrities and living master musicians in person.

Keynote Address and Special Full Camp Jazz Clinic 

Bird Boot Camp 2021 is going to be great. We’ll also have leading “Charlie Parker” historian and author, Chuck Haddix, give a 20-minute keynote about Bird; and, Greg Carroll will give the campers interactive jazz clinic that he does with Midnight Blue Jazz LLC each year in Las Vegas. And a few surprise guests!

Bird Boot Camp History

Bird Boot Camp began in 2014 as part of the original Charlie Parker celebration that was initiated by the Jazz catalyst nonprofit organization, Kansas City Jazz A.L.I.V.E. The originator of the Bird Boot Camp program was Greg Carroll, who successfully modeled the one-day educational event after some of the premier jazz camps and other music education programming he’d developed or initiated at various points in his professional career over the years. Spotlighting the life and musical contributions of Charlie Parker, Jr. (b. August 29, 1920, Kansas City, Kansas – d. March 12, 1955, New York, New York) by the entire greater Kansas City metropolitan area community was also considered to be long overdue among this initial consortium of noted artists, educators, Jazz venue owners, and arts institutions in the region. In 2019, Burnett Music Foundation, a relatively new Jazz nonprofit organization, was asked to take over the program and has assumed the role of artistic director and administrator, handling every detail of Bird Boot Camp – from the itinerary schedule for the day, booking artists and clinicians, organizing a coherent program, to funding the entire event through sponsorships, donations and grants to preclude possible barriers to participation. BMF added the Musical Salute element as well. In 2020 Burnett Music Foundation earned a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for Bird Boot Camp + Musical Salute. (BirdBootCamp.org)

Tim Whitmer Quartet with Jim Mair @ Black Dolphin
Aug 21 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tim Whitmer Quartet with Jim Mair @ Black Dolphin

Live jazz at Black Dolphin!

Jazz Disciples feat. Will Matthews: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 21 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jazz Disciples feat. Will Matthews: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Jazz Disciples with Will Matthews headlines two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

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About Jazz Disciples

Saxophonist Gerald Dunn has been featured in bands with Illinois Jacquet and Bobby Watson. He plays an inventive, contemporary sound and knows how to capture an audience’s attention. Pianist Everett Freeman has toured with Oleta Adams, performing with a deliciously intricate yet fluid grace. There are few Kansas City jazz musicians whom drummer Michael Warren hasn’t backed. The Jazz Disciples give him unique opportunities to stretch. Bassist DeAndre Manning provides a solid footing.

About Will Matthews

In 1996 Matthews joined the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of former Basie band lead trombonist Grover Mitchell, to fill the coveted chair of the late legendary guitarist and composer, Freddie Green, who performed with the Orchestra for over fifty years.

The guitarist released his debut CD, Will Matthews “Solo” in November 2000, and his second cd project titled ‘Count On Swingin’ was released in 2009 featuring legendary Organist Mel Rhyne, from the original Wes Montgomery Trio, along with former Art Blakey Jazz Messengers member, Bobby Watson, and Indianapolis drummer Kenny Phelps.

Jazz Disciples feat. Will Matthews: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 21 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Jazz Disciples feat. Will Matthews: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Jazz Disciples with Will Matthews headlines two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

About Jazz Disciples

Saxophonist Gerald Dunn has been featured in bands with Illinois Jacquet and Bobby Watson. He plays an inventive, contemporary sound and knows how to capture an audience’s attention. Pianist Everett Freeman has toured with Oleta Adams, performing with a deliciously intricate yet fluid grace. There are few Kansas City jazz musicians whom drummer Michael Warren hasn’t backed. The Jazz Disciples give him unique opportunities to stretch. Bassist DeAndre Manning provides a solid footing.

About Will Matthews

In 1996 Matthews joined the Legendary Count Basie Orchestra under the direction of former Basie band lead trombonist Grover Mitchell, to fill the coveted chair of the late legendary guitarist and composer, Freddie Green, who performed with the Orchestra for over fifty years.

The guitarist released his debut CD, Will Matthews “Solo” in November 2000, and his second cd project titled ‘Count On Swingin’ was released in 2009 featuring legendary Organist Mel Rhyne, from the original Wes Montgomery Trio, along with former Art Blakey Jazz Messengers member, Bobby Watson, and Indianapolis drummer Kenny Phelps.

Aug
22
Sun
Jazz Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant @ The Phoenix
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Jazz Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant @ The Phoenix

Live jazz at the Phoenix!

LiveJazzKC Sunday Jam @ MET @ Warwick
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
LiveJazzKC Sunday Jam @ MET @ Warwick

Live jam session in partnership with UMKC Conservatory of Music, Jazz Dept. Hosted by Aryana Nemati.

Tyronne Clark Trio @ Green Lady Lounge
Aug 22 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Tyronne Clark Trio @ Green Lady Lounge

Live jazz at Green Lady Lounge!

Aug
23
Mon
Bram Wijnands, Lucy Wijnands & Kadesh Flow @ KC Bier Co
Aug 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bram Wijnands, Lucy Wijnands & Kadesh Flow @ KC Bier Co
Join us at KC Bier Co. for a night of Jazz on August 23rd featuring live performances by Bram & Lucy Wijnands and Kadesh Flow.

Every August, local jazz advocacy organization KC Jazz Alive celebrates the life of Charlie Parker, the pioneering jazz saxophonist who called Kansas City home.

Join us at KC Bier Co. for a night of Jazz in the Biergarten on August 23rd featuring live performances by Bram & Lucy Wijnands and Kadesh Flow. Doors open at 4pm. Outdoor communal seating, tables seat 8 to 10 people. In the event of rain or excessive heat the show will be cancelled and guests will be issued a full refund.

Aug
24
Tue
Tyronne Clark Trio @ Green Lady Lounge
Aug 24 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tyronne Clark Trio @ Green Lady Lounge

Live jazz at Green Lady Lounge!

Aug
27
Fri
Indigo Hour: Kim Keyz & Loc’D @ Blue Room
Aug 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Indigo Hour: Kim Keyz & Loc'D @ Blue Room
Kim Keyz & Loc’D headlines Indigo Hour at the Blue Room, the signature happy hour event at American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

Start your weekend with Indigo Hour, the Blue Room’s signature happy hour event featuring free live jazz music and select deals on wine and well drinks!

Kimberly is an Arkansas native who now resides in Kansas City. She was born into a family of singers and been doing so since she was 5 years of age. Kimberly has sang background for some amazing artists such as Michael McDonald, Michael Bubble’ and evening opened up for Lyfe Jennings. She has recently started the path of writing her own music and is getting ready to release her first song entitled FIYA (Fabulous in your absence). Be on the lookout for this southern soul to show us how it’s done.

Note: your Eventbrite ticket to Indigo Hour serves as pre-registration but does not guarantee a seat for the performance. Register and arrive early!

Lonnie McFadden “All About Bird” @ Lonnie's Reno Club
Aug 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lonnie McFadden "All About Bird" @ Lonnie's Reno Club

Lonnie McFadden performs live at Lonnie’s Reno Club. Confirm your table by booking your reservation in advance (816-298-7700). Walk ins are welcome after 8pm with a $25 cover charge.

 

 

 

 

Lucy Wijnands feat. Bram Wijnands: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 27 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Lucy Wijnands feat. Bram Wijnands: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Lucy Wijnands with Bram Wijnands headline two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

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About Lucy Wijnands

With her serene, spirited tone, emerging jazz vocalist Lucy Wijnands is a dedicated enthusiast of jazz music from its beginnings to today. Now a recent graduate and the Ella Fitzgerald scholar at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, Wijnands has been named the 1st place winner of the 4th annual Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition.

Wijnands has drawn inspiration from Jazz Studies director Peter Malinverni, voice professor Alexis Cole, Ingrid Jensen and jazz icon, Jon Faddis, with whom she has performed at the Louis Armstrong Museum and Jazz Forum Arts, among other places. Wijnands has also received the 2020 President’s Award for Achievement for the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music as well as a Downbeat Student Music Award as Outstanding Jazz Vocal Soloist. In the fall of 2020, Wijnands performed in Tokyo, Japan, serving as an ambassador for Purchase College as their Ella Fitzgerald Scholar and recipient of the President’s Award of Achievement.

Wijnands has completed a five month residency with the Birdland Big Band, directed by David Dejesus and has performed with musicians as acclaimed as Joe Lovano and Kenny Washington. In 2016, marking the beginning of her professional jazz studies, she appeared in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she got her start performing with her father, master of stride piano, Bram Wijnands. From a very young age, she sang with her father in many jazz clubs in Kansas City, including the Majestic Steakhouse, the Blue Room, Green Lady Lounge, as well as the Endless Mountain Musical Festival in Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2017, she and her father toured in Europe, enriching her musical scopes. The two toured together again in the Netherlands in the summer of 2019, including special performances at the Binnenhof in The Hague, followed by their duo debut at the Birdland Theater in New York.

Once relocating from Kansas City to New York in 2013, Lucy studied with renowned vocalist, Anne Phillips. While attending Hastings High school, she participated in numerous school bands, musical productions and All-State jazz ensembles. She was nominated for a Maestro Award by the Philadelphia Heritage Festival in high school. Wijnands is now working on her debut album, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with an interdisciplinary approach to jazz music. Wijnands looks forward to keep creating, sharing and singing.

About Bram Wijnands

In 1991, Bram Wijnands came to Kansas City to perform at the ‘City Light Jazz Club’. He is a graduate from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Born in Eindhoven, Holland, he became interested at an early age in Stride piano, Boogie Woogie and Swing. Bram became a master of Stride piano and the stylings of Erroll Garner while studying in Amsterdam.

Mr. Wijnands extensively studied the arranging styles of Swing music, particularly Kansas City Swing, and Boogie Woogie (Barrelhouse) piano. Former mayor Cleaver II proclaimed him Kansas City’s Ambassador of Swing after performing at Carnegie Hall in 1998, naming April 6 ‘Bram Wijnands Day’. He taught for 15 years at UMKC’s Jazz Division alongside Bobby Watson which led to a collaboration at Jazz At Lincoln Center in 2005 where Mr. Wijnands performed his arrangements and compositions in the Kansas City Swing style.

Over the years he has performed with many different artists like Deborah Brown, Bobby Watson, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bob Kindred, Dukes Boys, The U.S. Coast Guard Band, Slide Hampton, Richard Ross, Milt Trenier, The Scamps, David Grossman, many acclaimed European musicians and now also with his daughter Lucy, a great talent in her own right.

Concert tours have continuously included locations such as: The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Russia, Cyprus, Hungary, Romania and The United States where, in addition to performing, he is also more and more in demand for giving Masterclasses.

A big part of his life has been arranging which he does for different ensembles, for instance the EMMF orchestra conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser, and for his own Swingtet. With that ensemble the forties come back to life. Bram Wijnands is an Artist in Residence with the Endless Mountain Music Festival since 2013 after performing for the EMMF as a guest artist since 2009 and an award winning artist with the NEA.

Lucy Wijnands feat. Bram Wijnands @ Blue Room
Aug 27 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lucy Wijnands feat. Bram Wijnands @ Blue Room
Lucy Wijnands with Bram Wijnands headline two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

About Lucy Wijnands

With her serene, spirited tone, emerging jazz vocalist Lucy Wijnands is a dedicated enthusiast of jazz music from its beginnings to today. Now a recent graduate and the Ella Fitzgerald scholar at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase, Wijnands has been named the 1st place winner of the 4th annual Ella Fitzgerald Vocal Competition.

Wijnands has drawn inspiration from Jazz Studies director Peter Malinverni, voice professor Alexis Cole, Ingrid Jensen and jazz icon, Jon Faddis, with whom she has performed at the Louis Armstrong Museum and Jazz Forum Arts, among other places. Wijnands has also received the 2020 President’s Award for Achievement for the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music as well as a Downbeat Student Music Award as Outstanding Jazz Vocal Soloist. In the fall of 2020, Wijnands performed in Tokyo, Japan, serving as an ambassador for Purchase College as their Ella Fitzgerald Scholar and recipient of the President’s Award of Achievement.

Wijnands has completed a five month residency with the Birdland Big Band, directed by David Dejesus and has performed with musicians as acclaimed as Joe Lovano and Kenny Washington. In 2016, marking the beginning of her professional jazz studies, she appeared in concert at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Appel Room.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, she got her start performing with her father, master of stride piano, Bram Wijnands. From a very young age, she sang with her father in many jazz clubs in Kansas City, including the Majestic Steakhouse, the Blue Room, Green Lady Lounge, as well as the Endless Mountain Musical Festival in Pennsylvania. In the summer of 2017, she and her father toured in Europe, enriching her musical scopes. The two toured together again in the Netherlands in the summer of 2019, including special performances at the Binnenhof in The Hague, followed by their duo debut at the Birdland Theater in New York.

Once relocating from Kansas City to New York in 2013, Lucy studied with renowned vocalist, Anne Phillips. While attending Hastings High school, she participated in numerous school bands, musical productions and All-State jazz ensembles. She was nominated for a Maestro Award by the Philadelphia Heritage Festival in high school. Wijnands is now working on her debut album, “You’ll Never Walk Alone” with an interdisciplinary approach to jazz music. Wijnands looks forward to keep creating, sharing and singing.

About Bram Wijnands

In 1991, Bram Wijnands came to Kansas City to perform at the ‘City Light Jazz Club’. He is a graduate from the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Born in Eindhoven, Holland, he became interested at an early age in Stride piano, Boogie Woogie and Swing. Bram became a master of Stride piano and the stylings of Erroll Garner while studying in Amsterdam.

Mr. Wijnands extensively studied the arranging styles of Swing music, particularly Kansas City Swing, and Boogie Woogie (Barrelhouse) piano. Former mayor Cleaver II proclaimed him Kansas City’s Ambassador of Swing after performing at Carnegie Hall in 1998, naming April 6 ‘Bram Wijnands Day’. He taught for 15 years at UMKC’s Jazz Division alongside Bobby Watson which led to a collaboration at Jazz At Lincoln Center in 2005 where Mr. Wijnands performed his arrangements and compositions in the Kansas City Swing style.

Over the years he has performed with many different artists like Deborah Brown, Bobby Watson, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bob Kindred, Dukes Boys, The U.S. Coast Guard Band, Slide Hampton, Richard Ross, Milt Trenier, The Scamps, David Grossman, many acclaimed European musicians and now also with his daughter Lucy, a great talent in her own right.

Concert tours have continuously included locations such as: The Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium, Russia, Cyprus, Hungary, Romania and The United States where, in addition to performing, he is also more and more in demand for giving Masterclasses.

A big part of his life has been arranging which he does for different ensembles, for instance the EMMF orchestra conducted by Stephen Gunzenhauser, and for his own Swingtet. With that ensemble the forties come back to life. Bram Wijnands is an Artist in Residence with the Endless Mountain Music Festival since 2013 after performing for the EMMF as a guest artist since 2009 and an award winning artist with the NEA.

Aug
28
Sat
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine @ 18th & Vine Jazz District
Aug 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine @ 18th & Vine Jazz District

Get your tickets TODAY for a walking tour of one of Kansas City’s most historic neighborhoods; 18th & Vine Jazz District! August 29, 2021 is the 101st birthday of Kansas City jazz legend, Charlie Parker. Celebrate a day early by touring Bird’s old stomping grounds and feel his tunes run through you!

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”.

Geri Sanders – Director of Collections at the American Jazz Museum – Geri holds a Master of Arts in History and a wealth of hands-on archival experience.

Attendees will meet at the park at 18th & Highland Avenue at 9:45am to check in for the walking tour. Bottled water will be provided. Please bring your tickets with you.

About the Tour:

During the days of public segregation, Kansas City’s 18th and Vine area developed into a self-contained community. The intersection of 18th and Vine served as the hub of a bustling business and entertainment district–the heart and soul of an African-American community, bounded by Independence Avenue on the north, Troost Avenue on the west, 27th Street on the south and Benton Boulevard to the east.

Just after the turn of the 19th century, an African-American preacher and his wife, the Reverend and Mrs. Sweeney, operated a truck farm in the 18th and Vine area. By the late 1800s, thousands of African-Americans settled in the area, then known as the “Bowery.” In November 1909, the first moving picture show for African-Americans, the Star, opened in a wood-frame building at the northeast corner of 18th and Vine, forming the cornerstone of the new business district.

The area grew quickly and by 1915 dry goods stores, laundries, fish shops, bakeries, barbers, cobblers, tailors, restaurants, nightclubs and all the businesses and services denied the community downtown packed 18th Street east of Paseo Boulevard. Apartments and headquarters for social clubs perched on the second floor above the bustle of commerce below. The fragrant aroma of hickory smoke from Henry Perry’s Barbeque pit at 19th and Highland wafted over the community. Street cars rattled down the center of 18th Street connecting the community to the rest of the city and jobs in packing plants, the railroads and homes of the wealthy. Once established, the community grew swiftly and prospered.

Young Charlie Parker came of age as a man and musician in the 18th and Vine area. After Charlie’s parents separated in 1930, he and his mother Addie moved to a two-story brick house at 1516 Olive Street just blocks away from 18th and Vine. Addie worked nights and after she left for work, Charlie began his nightly rounds of the night clubs dotting 12th and 18th streets. While on tour later in his career, Charlie often stopped off in Kansas City to visit Addie, play gigs in the clubs on 18th street and renew old acquaintances.

Rod Fleeman Trio @ Green Lady Lounge
Aug 28 @ 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Rod Fleeman Trio @ Green Lady Lounge

Live jazz in the afternoon at Green Lady Lounge!

Joe Cartwright Trio: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 28 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Joe Cartwright Trio: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Joe Cartwright Trio headlines two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

Pianist Joe Cartwright makes his home in Mission, Kansas and is recognized as a proponent of ‘Kansas City Jazz.’ He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and currently serves as music director for Unity Village Chapel in Unity Village, Missouri. He served for ten years as music director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show 12th Street Jump. Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings, many on his own label, Lafayette Music, including the 2017 release Out Of This World, featuring vocalist Molly Hammer. Some of his credits include work with jazz luminaries Eddie Harris, Christian McBride, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme. Cartwright has performed for audiences in Africa, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the fall of 2012, the Joe Cartwright Quartet headlined the CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay as representatives of Kansas City Jazz.

Joe Cartwright Trio: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 28 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Joe Cartwright Trio: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Joe Cartwright Trio headlines two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club

About this event

Pianist Joe Cartwright makes his home in Mission, Kansas and is recognized as a proponent of ‘Kansas City Jazz.’ He is a graduate of the UMKC Conservatory of Music and currently serves as music director for Unity Village Chapel in Unity Village, Missouri. He served for ten years as music director for the critically acclaimed NPR radio show 12th Street Jump. Joe has performed on and produced numerous recordings, many on his own label, Lafayette Music, including the 2017 release Out Of This World, featuring vocalist Molly Hammer. Some of his credits include work with jazz luminaries Eddie Harris, Christian McBride, Jeff Hamilton, John Clayton, Karrin Allyson, Jimmy Witherspoon, Kevin Mahogany and Mel Torme. Cartwright has performed for audiences in Africa, the Middle East, India, and Southeast Asia as part of the USIA/Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador Touring Program. In the fall of 2012, the Joe Cartwright Quartet headlined the CCPA Jazz Festival in Asuncion, Paraguay as representatives of Kansas City Jazz.

Aug
29
Sun
‘In The Yard’ Festivities by American Jazz Museum @ Studios Inc
Aug 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The American Jazz Museum has curated a series of fun events to celebrate Charlie Parker’s 101st birthday! See the schedule below:

3pm                       Assemble @ Studios Inc, 1708 Campbell, in the Crossroads—Torn Label

Brewery open for refreshments

4pm                       Parade begins from Studios Inc down 18th Street

5pm                       Arrive at the Museum and migrate to McShann Pavilion & Parker Bust for

Family Activities, Speeches and Music (Food Trucks nearby)

‘In The Yard’ VIP Reception @ Blue Room
Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

VIP Ticketed reception before “Bird 100” Concert at GEM Theater

LiveJazzKC presents Bird Jam 2021 @ MET @ Warwick Theatre
Aug 29 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
LiveJazzKC presents Bird Jam 2021 @ MET @ Warwick Theatre

LiveJazzKC presents Bird Jam 2021 – a jam session dedicated to the music of Charlie Parker, hosted by Adam Larson.

Bird @ 100 @ Gem Theater
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Hosted by American Jazz Museum, Bird @ 100 will perform a very special concert at the Gem Theater to celebrate Charlie Parker’s birthday. More details and tickets to come!

 

Available now via Smoke Sessions Records, the soul-stirring Bird at 100 traces a direct lineage from Parker’s birthplace in Kansas City to the stage of Smoke Jazz & Supper Club, where these three influential acolytes look back from the vantage point of jazz in 2019, with a combination of reverence, respect and adventure. The program offers a buoyant mix of classic Parker tunes, familiar standards once recorded by Bird (and the generations since) and new compositions written in honor of the master.

Separated by roughly a decade apiece, Bartz, Watson and Herring represent three distinct points along that line linking Bird’s transformative approach through the evolution of music in his wake. Bartz was born just as Parker was making his mark in New York City, and thus grew up in a musical world indelibly marked by his unmistakable sound. Watson came into the world less than two years before Parker left it, mentored by first-generation bop giants like Art Blakey. And Herring was part of a movement that reimagined bebop for a wholly new generation, while maintaining a link with the source through such greats as Nat Adderley and Freddie Hubbard.

The three are ably backed on Bird at 100 by a rhythm section that has deeply imbibed the entire sweep of that history: pianist David Kikoski, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Carl Allen. All three are regular collaborators with Herring, thus bringing a well-established chemistry to this all-star outing.

“The influence of Charlie Parker is a constant thread that runs through all of us,” says Herring, who brainstormed the date. “It’s amazing how much Charlie Parker has touched so many different people in their pursuit of music. We certainly take in other influences as well, and of course we all hope to put our own stamp on it, but Bird is always there through his vocabulary and his way of interpreting of the music.”

Bartz feels the link to Parker in a direct way, he says. “I started playing [during] the era of bebop… Bird changed the whole landscape of the music with his virtuosity, his harmonic knowledge, and his musicality. To me, he’s like the modern-day Bach.”

For Watson, a fellow Kansas City native, Parker represents a laundry list of admirable qualities: “Triumph over adversity. Spontaneity. Creativity. Individualism. Originality.” Through this project, he continues, he aims to “try to extend his legacy in my own way. People like Bird, Duke Ellington and Monk all loved to hear people put different spins and interpret their music through their own voice. So I wanted to add my voice on the saxophone and add some different spins on his classic compositions and song forms.”

Sep
7
Tue
Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins Quartet @ Polsky Theatre
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins Quartet @ Polsky Theatre

Gerald Spaits, Charles Perkins, Roger Wilder and John Kizalarmut will perform Charlie Parker compositions and music he is noted for.

Nov
7
Sun
Kansas City and All That’s Jazz: Bringing Legends to Life @ JCCC Midwest Trust Center
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Kansas City and All That's Jazz: Bringing Legends to Life @ JCCC Midwest Trust Center

Tickets are available online and by calling the box office at 913-469-4445.

Featuring Greg Carroll and the Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet with special guest, Kansas City’s Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra, directed by Kent Rausch. Hosted by award-winning KMBC 9 News Chief Meteorologist Bryan Busby.


Go on a journey of Kansas City jazz that celebrates the greats! This concert includes narration, multimedia images and historic video clips, all narrated by Bryan Busby. Enjoy newly arranged compositions and transcriptions of songs that represent Kansas City jazz pioneers Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Bennie Moten, Julia Lee, Mary Lou Williams, Big Joe Turner and many others!

Carroll leads the Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet on vibraphone and is the former CEO of the American Jazz Museum. He also is an award-winning clinician, guest artist and scholar and was named one of the 100 most Influential African-Americans in Kansas City. Carroll can be heard on 22 recording projects. His newest album, “Greg Carroll & Michael Pagan 2 + 2” was released in 2019 on the Arc label. Each Midnight Blue Jazz member is an award-winning, world-class musician with a strong performance and teaching résumé.

Kansas City’s Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra is a 14-piece big band that honors the legacy of Kansas City Jazz during its “golden era” in the ’30s and ’40s. Band members are some of Kansas City’s top musicians, who love to perform the music of Count Basie, Jay McShann, Andy Kirk and the 12 Clouds of Joy, Harlan Leonard and His Rockets, Mary Lou Williams, Joe Turner and Pete Johnson, among others. The band delights in taking audiences “Back in time to 18th and Vine!” with toe-tapping, hand-clapping fun.

Busby is a natural showman who has become one of Kansas City’s favorite television personalities. He also is the principal timpanist for the Kansas City Civic Orchestra and has performed with the Independence Messiah Festival Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Percussion Quartet and the Moody Blues, and was a principal guest conductor of the Kansas City Youth Symphony.

Produced by Midnight Blue Jazz, LLC
Exhibit sponsored by Kansas City Jazz Alive

Supported in part by Peter Goulet.

https://www.jccc.edu/midwest-trust-center/events/2021-2022/winterlude-kc-all-that-jazz.html