July 26, 2015
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A look at Charlie Parker Celebration 2016:

We had so much fun celebrating Charlie Parker’s legacy and Kansas City jazz with you!  We can’t wait for this year’s celebration!

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Charlie Parker Celebration is a 10-day, city-wide event dedicated to bringing attention and awareness to the vibrant Kansas City jazz scene, creating pride in our jazz history and showing how this history is relevant today.

Artist in Residence, Tivon Pennicott, sat in for one set with local artists at each of the live events listed above.

We had live jazz all over the Kansas City metro, but that’s not all!  We also included educational jazz events in the celebration!  Educational events included:

The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker with Dr. Ron McCurdy at the American Jazz Museum 

The Art of Jam Session with Tivon Pennicott on August 20th from 9am-12pm at the American Jazz Museum

Tour de Jazz – A bike ride hosted by BikeWalkKC at 3pm leaving from 18th and Vine on August 20th

“We Remember Bird” Panel and Reception at the American Jazz Museum at 5pm on August 23rd 

Charlie Parker Historical Tour at 10am on August 27th, tickets just $25!

Charlie Parker Historical Tour 2016


Hosted by noted Kansas City historian, Chuck Haddix and others, the tour visited special sites in Kansas City that played a significant role in the life and development of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and his KC Contemporaries.

We began with a walking tour around the legendary 18th and Vine Jazz District, then hopped aboard the air conditioned tour bus to witness more of Charlie Parker’s old stompin’ grounds!

Thank you to everyone who purchased tickets to help support KC Jazz ALIVE! 


Charlie Parker Celebration 2016: August 18th – August 27th

The Charlie Parker Celebration offers patrons and new fans a blend of live performances and unique educational opportunities to explore and recognize the brilliance and contributions of jazz to the music scene generally, and the breakthroughs of Charlie Parker specifically.

2016 Artist in Residence (AIR):

Tivon Pennicott

We LOVED having Tivon here for the celebration!

Read more about Tivon Pennicott HERE

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Tour de Jazz KC! 

Kansas City’s rich musical heritage and unique neighborhoods from a new perspective.

The Tour de Jazz is a brand new bike ride that explores historic and contemporary sites in KC’s vibrant music scene. Hear great music, learn about local history, and discover beautiful neighborhoods.

Choose from 3 different routes:

10 Miles: Family Friendly Guided Tour

30 Miles

50 Miles 

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Tour de Jazz was presented by BikeWalkKC and KC Sporting Events, the folks who bring you the Tour de Bier brewery ride.

To learn more about Tour de Jazz, please visit tourdejazzkc.com.


A look at the 21 Sax Salute at Lincoln Cemetery:

Thank you, Northland Skycam for this great footage of Charlie Parker’s birthday celebration!


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