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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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Charlie Parker Exhibit Reception 5:30 pm
Charlie Parker Exhibit Reception @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Charlie Parker Exhibit Reception @ American Jazz Museum
Exhibit Curators: Chuck Haddix & Geri Sanders. Details TBD. Partnership with American Jazz Museum, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Mid-America Arts Alliance.
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ARC Student Jazz Jam Session 3:00 pm
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,[...]
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12th Street Jump 7:30 pm
12th Street Jump @ Black Dolphin
Aug 19 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
12th Street Jump @ Black Dolphin
12th Street Jump, Black Dolphin.. a live recording of public radio’s weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam, celebrating the birthday of Charlie Parker
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Bird Boot Camp 10:00 am
Bird Boot Camp @ American Jazz Museum / GEM Theater
Aug 22 @ 10:00 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[...]
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Jim Lower Orchestra 7:00 pm
Jim Lower Orchestra @ Black Dolphin
Aug 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
 
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Jam Session with Logan Richardson 4:00 pm
Jam Session with Logan Richardson @ Blue Room
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Official time TBD
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Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands and Special Guests 5:30 pm
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[...]
Thirsty Thursday ft David Basse Trio 8:00 pm
Thirsty Thursday ft David Basse Trio @ Reserve Restaurant & Lounge
Aug 27 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Thirsty Thursday ft David Basse Trio @ Reserve Restaurant & Lounge
 
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Spoken Word Tribute to Charlie Parker 5:00 pm
Spoken Word Tribute to Charlie Parker @ Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Spoken Word Tribute to Charlie Parker @ Bruce R Watkins Cultural Center
Details TBD. Stay tuned for more!
Celebrating Bird 2020: The Music of Charlie Parker 7:00 pm
Celebrating Bird 2020: The Music of Charlie Parker @ Soiree Steak & Oyster House
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Celebrating Bird 2020: The Music of Charlie Parker @ Soiree Steak & Oyster House
 
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Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour 10:00 am
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[...]
Charlie Parker ‘100 – Kansas City All Stars Featuring Dan Thomas 8:00 pm
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,[...]
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