Donny McCaslin Quartet – April 7th at The Folly Theater

The Folly Theater Presents:  Donny McCaslin Quartet Featuring: Donny McCaslin (sax), Jason Lindner (keyboards), Jonathan Maron (bass) Join us for “Jazz Talk” at 7pm with special guest, Steve Kraske!    Donny McCaslin and his group surged onto the mainstream’s radar in early 2016 with the surprise release of Blackstar—David Bowie’s brilliant, shape-shifting, and sonically mercurial[…]

Winterlude at Johnson County Community College

Winterlude begins this Sunday at 7 p.m. with Will Matthews B-3 Organ Project featuring Bobby Floyd and Marty Morrison! Tickets are only $20 and on sale now, on the website, or by phone, (913) 469-4445. If patrons purchase all 5 Winterlude shows, there is a 10% discount ($18 per show!). The fifth Winterlude concert[…]

Shop on Amazon and support KC Jazz ALIVE!

When you shop on Amazon, you can help support KC Jazz ALIVE and our mission!  By following the link below, while you shop, Amazon will donate 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to our organization! AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know and love in addition to supporting charitable organizations! Start shopping TODAY! Happy shopping!

2016 Charlie Parker Celebration Media Coverage

We had lots of great media coverage for our 3rd annual Charlie Parker Celebration! Check out the links here! Ongoing CPC Media links: (newest on top)  — Sept. 6  — Aug. 22 (links to AJM) Macy Layne –[…]

An Interview with Charlie Parker’s Daughter

During the annual Charlie Parker Celebration, Charlie Parker’s daughter, Kim Parker, will be joining us to celebrate the memory of Bird!  Chuck Haddix, Yoko Takemura, and Teddy Dibble interviewed Kim Parker last summer when she was in Kansas City for the celebration. This interview has only been published in Japanese, until now.  JAM Magazine translated and[…]

48-Hour Art Sale Benefiting KC Jazz ALIVE!

  48-Hour Art Sale Benefiting KC Jazz ALIVE! Staley Farms residents Angel and Ken Harbison are having an estate jazz art sale and have graciously agreed to donate a percentage of their proceeds to Kansas City Jazz ALIVE in support of its mission. Be the first to purchase one of these five exceptional pieces:  […]

Presentation of funds at 39Rainbow!

  LANE4 Property Group partnered with KC Jazz ALIVE during Jazz Appreciation Month in April.  Each restaurant at 39Rainbow donated a portion of sales to KC Jazz ALIVE to preserve and promote jazz in Kansas City! We are so lucky to have such a wonderful partnership with LANE4!  Join us THIS Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm for[…]

Kansas City Jazz Academy at The American Jazz Museum

Students will learn the jazz language directly through hands-on work with top educators. Performance-based educational experiences are offered in Big Band, Combos, and Improvisation classes. Up and coming local players, seasoned veteran musicians and top national artists will be part of the experience. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Saturdays beginning September 10th.  No cost to attend! Register today[…]

2016 Charlie Parker Celebration: Artist in Residence

We are proud to announce Tivon Pennicott as the 2016 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist in Residence (AIR)!  His unique style incorporates his masterful attention to rhythm, tasteful melodic lines, and his deep understanding of the importance of the groove. His maturity as a player extends far beyond his years, facilitating music that is refreshing, insightful,[…]

Charlie “Yardbird” Parker

  Kansas City original, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker’s creativity and style of play made him one of the most important jazz innovators of the 20th century.  Charlie Parker’s play displayed a sense of energy, creativity, freedom and daring that wasn’t there before.  During his time in NYC, Parker became an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician[…]