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!
Panel discussion on Charlie Parker and Kansas City Jazz
Do you ever wonder how jazz came to be what it is today? Where did it all start? Many of the most influential jazz musicians to date started right here, in Kansas City, Missouri. Charlie Parker, Kansas City native, came of age as a musician, and a man in Kansas City. The metro area is dotted with buildings and places associated with his life and career, and we want to take you on a trip to the past to experience where Bird became the legend we know him as today.
The Jazz History tour visits special sites in Kansas City that played a significant role in the life and development of Charlie Parker. The two-part tour begins at 9:30 a.m. at the American Jazz Museum with a walking tour of the Jazz District. The tour will feature a presentation by jazz historian Chuck Haddix in the Centennial United Methodist Church.
New this year: The tour also includes a open house opportunity at the Mutual Musicians foundation – the place where Bird met Dizzy.
9:30 am – Convene in American Jazz Museum Lobby.
9:45 am – Chuck Haddix leads walking Tour of Jazz District.
10:15 am – Presentation at Centennial United Methodist Church.
11:00 am – Open House at Mutual Musicians Foundation.
2:00 pm – Chicken Feed at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center **optional**
Following the Jazz History Tour, we invite you to join us for a “Chicken Feed” at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center! Enjoy Charlie Parker’s favorite dish, fried chicken, while getting to know some of Kansas City’s local jazz musicians!
Chuck Haddix: Director of UMKC Marr Sound Archives, host of KCUR 89.3 “Fish Fry” on Fri. and Sat. nights, author of “Bird – The Life and Music of Charlie Parker” and “Kansas City Jazz – From Ragtime to Bebop”
Moderated by Mitch Butler, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies for UMKC, will moderate an engaging panel discussion in conjunction with Nelson-Atkins Museum’s Third Thursday event.
This event will kick off “Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker”, a multi-day event dedicated to elevating jazz in Kansas City. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.
A discussion concerning the state of music and jazz with the millennial generation and their relationship to the musical innovations of Charlie Parker. The focus will range from the subject of jazz education of young musicians to the influence of Parker’s music on current and future performers of jazz and other styles of music. The panel will investigate these topics from a local, national, and international perspective.
Mitch Butler – Moderator
Bobby Watson – Saxophonist and Legendary KC Musician and Recording Artist
Tia Fuller – Saxophonist and International Touring Musician and Recording Artist
Eddie Moore – Pianist, recording Artist, Producer, and KC Musician
Tickets for this event are FREE, but they are required.
While you are here, be sure to check out the latest exhibition, 30 Americans. Drawn exclusively from the acclaimed Miami-based Rubell Family Collection, 30 Americans features 30 of the most significant African American artists of the past four decades. Together, their art resonates with celebration and critique, reckons with triumph and tragedy, and offers an exploration of what it means to be American.
Members and Youth under 12 FREE
Kansas City saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was born August 29th, 1920. To celebrate his legacy, AJM has free events throughout the month of August!
“Bird’s the Word” features poetry and a beatbox performance and workshop by local Kansas City artists.
Click HERE for full schedule of “Bird’s the Word” and additional details.
What: Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp
When: Saturday, August 17, 2018 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: GEM Theater | 1615 E 18th Street, Kansas City, MO
*** Limited Tuition Waiver Scholarships: Our generous donors allow us to offer a limited number of scholarships to students with demonstrated financial need.
Kansas City Jazz ALIVE, in partnership with the Kansas City Jazz Academy and KC Area Youth Jazz, present this year’s popular Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp.
The Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp is a jazz immersion program for middle school and high school students with at least one year of music experience. Spend the day learning about jazz music, improvisation, and the music and genius of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker from the Kansas City music scene’s top musical talents! We will close the camp with a mini-concert performance featuring YOU!
JOIN US FOR:
- Jazz Lessons with our great Boot Camp Faculty
- Masterclasses and Clinics
- Lunch with friends & faculty
- FREE Jamey Aebersold Jazz Play-Along
- FREE Jamey Aebersold Jazz Handbook
- Mini-concert performance
- And door prizes!!
YOUR CAMP FACULTY:
- Christopher Burnett, Director
- Stanton Kessler, Trumpet
- Bill Crain, Saxophone
- Jason Goudeau, Trombone
- Charles Gatschet, Guitar
- Roger Wilder, Piano
- Bill McKemy, Bass
- Greg Carroll, Vibraphone
- Clarence Smith, Drum Set
- Queen Bey, Vocalist
JAZZ ARTIST TALKS AND CLINICS:
- Queen Bey interview by Greg Carroll
- Dan Thomas, “Charlie Parker”
- Dr. Ryan Heinlein, “Jazz Improvisation”
Camp tuition is:
$30/ Early “Bird” Rate: Now through July 30th
$45/ Regular Rate: July 30 – August 17
Christopher Burnett Quartet: Burnett, alto saxophone and compositions; Roger Wilder; piano, Bill McKemy, Bass; Clarence Smith, drums are performing at Soirée Steak & Oyster House August 17. The quartet will perform a set dedicated to Charlie Parker’s music along with masterworks from the middle and late 20th Century’s modern jazz canon and original compositions. As a member of the official touring roster for the state of Kansas, Mr. Burnett’s is an eclectic instrumental jazz ensemble comprised of accomplished professional artists who are also experienced music educators.
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