Thank you for supporting the 4th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration. We hope you had fun, and we look forward to seeing you at the next event.

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KC’S HOTTEST JAZZ EVENT OF THE SUMMER

Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Kansas City native, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker!  This 10-day celebration is jam-packed with music at the greatest jazz venues in Kansas City and features talented local jazz musicians alongside our 2017 Artists-in-Residence from New York City.

 

FEATURED EVENTS

Before there was hip-hop, rock and pop, Kansas City Jazz was all the rage – where the likes of Benny Moten and Charlie Parker birthed a sound that would forever change the landscape of music. Experience the evolution Kansas City jazz, from ragtime to bebop.

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Take a tour with us back in time to the days of Bird and experience the history of KC Jazz in person. Visit special sites that played a significant role in the life and development of Charlie Parker and Kansas City, including the 18th and Vine Jazz District, Centennial United Methodist Church, Mutual Musicians Foundation, Lincoln Cemetery.

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21 Sax Salute

The 2017 “21 Sax Salute” is an independently produced and managed event, coordinated entirely by Gary Becker and the Kansas City Jazz Advocates.

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FULL SCHEDULE

Events include performances by Artists-in-Residence Tivon Pennicott and Sullivan Fortner.


*  featuring Tivon Pennicott
**  featuring Sullivan Fortner
***  featuring Tivon Pennicott + Sullivan Fortner

HEADLINERS

TIVON PENNICOTT

TIVON PENNICOTT

Tenor Saxophone

tivonpennicott.com
SULLIVAN FORTNER

SULLIVAN FORTNER

Piano

sullivanfortnermusic.com
DAVID BASSE

DAVID BASSE

Vocals

davidbasse.com

LONNIE MCFADDEN

LONNIE MCFADDEN

Trumpet

BRAM WIJNANDS

BRAM WIJNANDS

Piano

MICAH HERMAN

MICAH HERMAN

Bassist

DR. TAMMY KERNODLE

DR. TAMMY KERNODLE

Musicologist, Piano & Vocalist

Gerald Spaits

Gerald Spaits

Bassist

geraldspaits.com

BOBBY WATSON

BOBBY WATSON

Saxophone

bobbywatson.com

KEN LOVERN

KEN LOVERN

Organ

kenlovern.com

CHRIS HAZELTON

CHRIS HAZELTON

Organ

chrishazelton.com

TIM WHITMER

TIM WHITMER

Piano

timwhitmer.net

DAN THOMAS

DAN THOMAS

Saxophone

danthomasjazz.com

STEPHEN MARTIN

STEPHEN MARTIN

Saxophone

stephenmartinjazz.com

MILLIE EDWARDS

MILLIE EDWARDS

Vocalist

STAN KESSLER

STAN KESSLER

Trumpet

stantonkessler.com

CHUCK HADDIX

CHUCK HADDIX

Jazz Historian

KCUR Fish Fry 

RYAN HEINLEIN

RYAN HEINLEIN

Trombone

ryanheinlein.com

JOHN BLEGEN

JOHN BLEGEN

Clarinet

jcblegen.com

ROD FLEEMAN

ROD FLEEMAN

Guitar

 

MATT VILLINGER

MATT VILLINGER

Piano

mattvillinger.com

JULIA HAILE

JULIA HAILE

Vocalist

 

JEFF ROBINSON

JEFF ROBINSON

Saxophone

livebird.com 

SPONSORS

The 2017 Charlie Parker Celebration is presented by KC Jazz Alive. The mission of KC Jazz Alive is to build awareness, serve as a listening body, provide a platform for integrating ideas, function as a voice, provide exposure to resources, and unite the Kansas City jazz community. To learn more about KC Jazz Alive, visit kcjazzalive.org.

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