LET'S CELEBRATE!

Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Kansas City native, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker!
Aug
15
Thu
Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker Opening Panel – Nelson-Atkins 3rd Thursday @ Nelson-Atkins Museum
Aug 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker Opening Panel - Nelson-Atkins 3rd Thursday @ Nelson-Atkins Museum

Moderated by Mitch Butler, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies for UMKC, will moderate an engaging panel discussion in conjunction with Nelson-Atkins Museum’s Third Thursday event.

This event will kick off “Spotlight 2019: Charlie Parker”, a multi-day event dedicated to elevating jazz in Kansas City.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Stay tuned for further details on panelists.

Be sure to check out the latest 30 Americans Exhibit at Nelson-Atkins! https://nelson-atkins.org/events/30-americans/

 

Aug
16
Fri
Charlie Parker: Bird’s the Word @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Charlie Parker: Bird's the Word @ American Jazz Museum

Kansas City saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was born August 29th, 1920. To celebrate his legacy, AJM has free events throughout the month of August!

“Bird’s the Word” features poetry and a beatbox performance and workshop by local Kansas City artists.

Click HERE for full schedule of “Bird’s the Word” and additional details.

Aug
17
Sat
Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp – Tickets Available Soon! @ Gem Theater
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp - Tickets Available Soon! @ Gem Theater

Christopher Burnett will serve as the Director of the 2019 Charlie Parker Student Music Boot Camp.

Confirmed clinicians to work directly with campers include: Bill Crain, saxophone; Stanton Kessler, trumpet; Jason Goudeau, trombone; Roger Wilder, piano; Charles Gatschet, guitar; Bill McKemy, bass; Clarence Smith, drums; Greg Carroll, vibes; and, Queen Bey, vocalist/ historic interview.

Confirmed keynotes include:

Dr. Dan Thomas, master class about Charlie Parker and his impact upon music and Dan’s career and Dr. Ryan Heinlein, master class about basic jazz improvisation approaches.

Aug
18
Sun
Stan Kessler with Kathleen Holeman at Chaz on the Plaza @ Chaz on the Plaza
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Stan Kessler with Kathleen Holeman at Chaz on the Plaza @ Chaz on the Plaza

Stan Kessler is a jazz stalwart on the KC scene, leading several working bands. Kathleen Holeman is one of the swinginest singers and pianist on the planet. Together, they make music that is delightful, memorable and entertaining in any setting.

Aug
20
Tue
Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins at Johnson County Community College @ Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - Atrium
Aug 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins at Johnson County Community College @ Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art - Atrium

This performance, featuring Gerald Spaits & Charles Perkins is one of many “spotlight” events. Each event highlights local venues and musicians.

Aug
22
Thu
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands, Jurgen Welge & Hal Melia @ KC Bier Co
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Jazz Meetup Featuring Bram Wijnands, Jurgen Welge & Hal Melia @ 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 22nd, join us for an evening of live jazz at one of KC’s best breweries, KC Bier Co. What better way to celebrate jazz in KC than with a party and delicious German Bier?!

Enjoy live music by Bram Wijnands, Jurgen Welge along with special guest, Hal Melia. This is a performance that will surely have you up and out of your seat!

Aug
23
Fri
Kansas City and Tall That’s Jazz: Bringing Legends to Life at Liberty Performing Arts Theatre – TICKETS FOR SALE @ Liberty Performing Arts Theatre
Aug 23 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Kansas City and Tall That's Jazz: Bringing Legends to Life at Liberty Performing Arts Theatre - TICKETS FOR SALE @ Liberty Performing Arts Theatre

Join us for an exciting VIP reception & live performance highlighting the music of Kansas City’s greatest jazz legends including: Charlie Parker, Count Basie, “Big” Joe Turner, Mary Lou Williams, and more! Plus, a portion of all proceeds will benefit Liberty North & Liberty High jazz programs. Come out for a swinging good time!

Feature performers: Midnight Blue Jazz Quintet, Kansas City’s Vine Street Rumble Jazz Orchestra, Liberty North & Liberty High School Jazz All-Stars.

Host: Bryan Busby, KMBC9 Chief Meteorologist

Aug
24
Sat
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Tour – Tickets Available Soon! @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Early Bird: Charlie Parker at 18th & Vine Tour - Tickets Available Soon! @ American Jazz Museum

Tour Guides:

Chuck Haddix – Director of UMKC Marr Sound Archives, host of KCUR 89.3 “Fish Fry” on Friday and Saturday nights, author of “Bird – The Life and Music of Charlie Parker” and “Kansas City Jazz – From Ragtime to Bebop“.

Jacob A. Wagner – Associate Professor, UMKC Department of Architecture, Urban Planning and Design, Director of Urban Studies, and faculty founder of the UMKC Center of Neighborhoods.

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 the Jazz District to learn more about the historical context in which Charlie Parker developed as a young musician. 18th and Vine – African American business district during the time of segregation – provided all of the necessary services for Kansas City’s black community at the time. This “city within the city” is known as the Black Metropolis – and Charlie Parker’s creative genius was one of many artistic innovations that grew from this vibrant corner of the world. Tour the jazz district and learn about the remaining historical buildings and places where Charlie Parker lived and worked – from the Lincoln Building to the Mutual Musicians Foundation.

We will meet at the American Jazz Museum between 9:30am and 10am. Walking tour starts promptly at 10am.

Tickets and more details coming soon!

Scout Jazz Music Day @ B.A.C. Musical Instruments
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Scout Jazz Music Day @ B.A.C. Musical Instruments

On August 24th, B.A.C. Musical Instruments will host an event with Boy Scouts of America. Scouts will learn about music, there will be a live band and plenty of games to keep scouts entertained. Scouts will earn their Music Merit Badge for their participation. Stay tuned for more details.

Charlie Parker: Expectations of Bird @ American Jazz Museum
Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Charlie Parker: Expectations of Bird @ American Jazz Museum

Kansas City saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was born August 29th, 1920. To celebrate his legacy, AJM has free events throughout the month of August!

“Expectations of Bird” is an art showcase by Ron Chaney, owner of Ethnic Art Gallery, and artist Alexander Austin. Artwork will be for sale.