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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!

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Saxophone Supreme: The Life & Music of Charlie Parker 12:00 pm
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[...]
Brunch with Millie Edwards, Dan Sturdevant & Dave Taylor 10:00 am
Brunch with Millie Edwards, Dan Sturdevant & Dave Taylor @ The Phoenix
Aug 1 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brunch with Millie Edwards, Dan Sturdevant & Dave Taylor @ The Phoenix
Live jazz at The Phoenix!
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Parker Trumpet Summit: Show 1 of 2 8:30 pm
Parker Trumpet Summit: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 7 @ 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Parker Trumpet Summit: Show 1 of 2 @ Blue Room
Clint Ashlock, Trent Austin, & Daniel Dissmore headline two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club About this event About Clint Ashlock Trumpeter/composer/bandleader/educator Clint Ashlock grew up in the Kansas City area.[...]
Parker Trumpet Summit: Show 2 of 2 10:00 pm
Parker Trumpet Summit: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Aug 7 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Parker Trumpet Summit: Show 2 of 2 @ Blue Room
Clint Ashlock, Trent Austin, & Daniel Dissmore headline two shows at the Blue Room, American Jazz Museum’s jazz club About this event About Clint Ashlock Trumpeter/composer/bandleader/educator Clint Ashlock grew up in the Kansas City area.[...]
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ARC Student Jam Session 3:00 pm
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 8:30 pm
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[...]
Parker Saxophone Summit: Show 2 of 2 10:00 pm
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 About this event About Matt Otto Matt Otto studied music performance and composition at Indiana University , Berklee[...]
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Bird 101: The Art of Charlie Parker in Kansas City 5:30 pm
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[...]
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Jackie Myers Quartet 5:00 pm
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[...]
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Tim Whitmer Quartet with Jim Mair 6:30 pm
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 7:00 pm
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.           https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1vqttc4wM4
Andrew Ouellette Trio: Show 1 of 2 8:30 pm
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[...]
Andrew Ouellette Trio: Show 2 of 2 10:00 pm
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[...]
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Bird Boot Camp 9:00 am
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[...]
Tim Whitmer Quartet with Jim Mair 6:30 pm
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 8:30 pm
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 About this event About Jazz Disciples Saxophonist Gerald Dunn has been featured in bands with Illinois Jacquet and[...]
Jazz Disciples feat. Will Matthews: Show 2 of 2 10:00 pm
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[...]
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Jazz Brunch with Millie Edwards & Dan Sturdevant 10:00 am
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 6:30 pm
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 6:30 pm
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!
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Bram Wijnands, Lucy Wijnands & Kadesh Flow 5:00 pm
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[...]
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Tyronne Clark Trio 6:30 pm
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!
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Indigo Hour: Kim Keyz & Loc’D 5:00 pm
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[...]
Lonnie McFadden “All About Bird” 7:00 pm
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.         https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1vqttc4wM4
Lucy Wijnands feat. Bram Wijnands: Show 1 of 2 8:30 pm
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 About this event About Lucy Wijnands With her serene, spirited tone, emerging jazz vocalist Lucy Wijnands is a[...]
Lucy Wijnands feat. Bram Wijnands 10:00 pm
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[...]
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Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine 10:00 am
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.[...]
Rod Fleeman Trio 2:30 pm
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 8:30 pm
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[...]
Joe Cartwright Trio: Show 2 of 2 10:00 pm
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[...]
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‘In The Yard’ Festivities by American Jazz Museum 3:00 pm
‘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[...]
‘In The Yard’ VIP Reception 6:00 pm
‘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 6:30 pm
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 7:00 pm
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[...]
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