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.
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.
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.
Events include performances by Artists-in-Residence Tivon Pennicott and Sullivan Fortner.
* featuring Tivon Pennicott
** featuring Sullivan Fortner
*** featuring Tivon Pennicott + Sullivan Fortner
DR. TAMMY KERNODLE
Musicologist, Piano & Vocalist
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.