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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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6:15 am Charlie Parker Sunrise Ceremony @ Charlie Parker Memorial Sculpture
Charlie Parker Sunrise Ceremony @ Charlie Parker Memorial Sculpture
Aug 29 @ 6:15 am – 7:15 am
Guests will assemble at 6:15am at the Charlie Parker Memorial Statue. Sunrise will take place at 6:45am. African drumming will be performed to bring up the sun on Parker’s 100th Birthday. Music will be led[...]
7:00 am Charlie Parker Centennial Mini Series: 12-Hour Jam (Virtual) @ The Gem Theater
Charlie Parker Centennial Mini Series: 12-Hour Jam (Virtual) @ The Gem Theater
Aug 29 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Charlie Parker Centennial Mini Series: 12-Hour Jam (Virtual) @ The Gem Theater
Celebrate Bird’s birthday with a 12-hour jam session in the Gem Theater! You must register, even for the free sessions. Social distancing will be required between parties. Masks will be required. Session 1 (free) 7:00am[...]
9:30 am Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at Jay McShann Pavilion
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at Jay McShann Pavilion
Aug 29 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Walking Tour @ 18th & Vine - Start at Jay McShann Pavilion
Self-guided Walking Tour Descriptions Self-guided Walking Tour Map  Get your tickets TODAY for a walking tour of one of Kansas City’s most historic neighborhoods; 18th & Vine Jazz District! August 29, 2020 is the 100th[...]
1:00 pm The Life and Art of Robert Graham: an interview with Steven Graham @ Virtual
The Life and Art of Robert Graham: an interview with Steven Graham @ Virtual
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
This interview was recorded on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Charlie Parker, Jr. Steven Graham, son of the late sculptor Robert Graham, joins Anita Dixon and Jacob Wagner for a[...]
7:00 pm “Bird: Not Out of Nowhere” Documentary Screening by KCPT @ Streaming
“Bird: Not Out of Nowhere” Documentary Screening by KCPT @ Streaming
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
"Bird: Not Out of Nowhere" Documentary Screening by KCPT @ Streaming
https://www.kansascitypbs.org/local-shows/bird-not-out-of-nowhere/  As the world celebrates the centennial of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s birth, this film looks back at the twenty-one years Charlie spent at home in Kansas City and on his long-lasting impression on Kansas City[...]
7:00 pm Lonnie McFadden @ The American Reserve (at Ambassador Hotel)
Lonnie McFadden @ The American Reserve (at Ambassador Hotel)
Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Lonnie McFadden @ The American Reserve (at Ambassador Hotel)
The American Reserve brings you some of the best Kansas City musicians accompanied by soulful cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. Bask in the refreshing weather as you relax and enjoy the romantic ambiance brought to you[...]
8:00 pm Basie to Bird to Bobby – Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (Quintet) Drive-In Concert @ Plexpod
Basie to Bird to Bobby – Kansas City Jazz Orchestra (Quintet) Drive-In Concert @ Plexpod
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Please join KCJO5, a small group from the Kansas City Jazz Orchestra, as we bring some great music to you: Drive-In style! You might be aware that Count Basie, Charlie Parker, and Bobby Watson all[...]
8:00 pm Kansas City Museum Sunset Session Watch Party @ Virtual
Kansas City Museum Sunset Session Watch Party @ Virtual
Aug 29 @ 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Museum Sessions is a digital series of music that explores the sounds and stories of Kansas City one song at a time. The series is presented and produced by UNESCO Creative Cities – Kansas City and[...]