8/6/2014 by Rick Hellman – There’s a line in the New Testament—“A prophet is without honor only in his hometown”—that could describe the way Kansas City has sometimes regarded its most famous musical son, Charlie “Bird” Parker.
KC BUSINESS JOURNAL
Aug 12, 2014 by Leslie Collins, Kansas City Business Journal – The Charlie Parker Celebration is not just about the Kansas City saxophone great. It is about celebrating the area jazz and uniting the jazz community.
THE KANSAS CITY STAR
August 13, 2014 by Joe Klopus – The group KC Jazz Alive has put together a Charlie Parker Celebration, the first sizable community effort on behalf of Parker’s memory and achievements in this town in too many years.
08/05/14 by Jeff Tamarkin – A citywide, 17-day celebration of Charlie Parker is planned for Kansas City, Mo., Aug. 14-30. A joint effort by KC Jazz ALIVE, the series of events will explore and celebrate the life and legacy of Kansas City native Parker.
Kansas City Jazz ALIVE is a 501 (c)(3) catalyst group organized to implement opportunities for the Greater Kansas City jazz community.
Its members work in concert to “Raise the Tide that Lifts all Jazz Boats”.
The mission of Kansas City Jazz ALIVE is to:
A-Build AWARENESS of the needs of the metropolitan jazz community
L-Serving as a LISTENING body
I-Provide a platform for the integration of IDEAS
V-Function as a VOICE for the jazz community
E–Provide EXPOSURE to applicable resources for the Kansas City jazz community.
Social Media 6:00 pm | Saturday, April 7, 2018 | Kansas City Marriott Downtown In the Jazz Age of the ’20s and the big band era of the ’30s, when you heard live jazz, you didn’t just sit and listen – you got up and danced! Come and experience and celebrate our very own Kansas Read more about Stardust – The Kansas City Jazz Orchestra Gala 2018[…]
Social Media By TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER October 2, 2017 2,487 Views Article can be found at AllAboutJazz.com. Born and raised in that other “capital of jazz”—Kansas City, birthplace of Charlie Parker—Super Fan Tom Wells, along with long-time jazz date, his wife, Geri St. Clair (a future Super Fan—stay tuned!), is a huge supporter of the local Read more about Meet Tom Wells, Jazz Super Fan![…]
Social MediaThe 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 Read more about Donny McCaslin Quartet – April 7th at The Folly Theater[…]
Social Media Don’t miss your chance to learn about the rich jazz heritage of Kansas City and the incredible influence Charlie “Yardbird” Parker has had on it! Did you know that Kansas City is known as 1 of the 4 crown jewels of jazz in the United States & continues to be a hotbed of Read more about Communiversity Class at UMKC – March 21st[…]
Social Media 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, www.jccc.edu/TheSeries or by phone, (913) 469-4445. If patrons purchase all 5 Winterlude shows, there is a 10% discount ($18 per show!). The fifth Read more about Winterlude at Johnson County Community College[…]
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Social MediaA big ‘thank you’ to Northland Skycam for catching this great footage of the 21 Sax Salute at Lincoln Cemetery! We had so much fun celebrating the life of Charlie Parker during our 3rd annual Charlie Parker Celebration! We already can’t wait for next year! Social Media
Social MediaWe 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) http://www.pitch.com/music/blog/20832798/talking-charlie-parker-with-the-man-who-brought-him-home-last-month — Sept. 6 http://www.pitch.com/music/blog/20831504/jazz-beat-the-charlie-parker-celebration-wraps-up-this-weekend — Aug. 22 http://kcur.org/post/listen-annual-21-sax-salute-graveside-celebration-charlie-parker#stream/0 http://one.npr.org/?sharedMediaId=491782452:491801175 http://kcur.org/post/kansas-citys-charlie-parker-history-tour-requires-guide-and-imagination#stream/0 http://www.pitch.com/music/blog/20831504/jazz-beat-the-charlie-parker-celebration-wraps-up-this-weekend http://kcparks.org/event/charlie-parker-celebration/ http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/article98368892.html http://bridge909.org/news/listen-kc-jazz-alive-charlie-parker-celebration-2016/ http://livebird.com/live-bird-at-the-green-lady-lounge-in-kanas-city/ https://twitter.com/livebirdplay/status/769330298429534208/photo/1 https://www.visitkc.com/event-detail/charlie-parker-celebration-cpc-kansas-city-jazz-historical-tour?cid=28631 (links to AJM) http://plasticsax.blogspot.com/2016/08/confirmation-weekly-news-notes_24.html http://inkkc.com/go-out/charlie-parker-festival http://www.kshb.com/thenow/kansas-city-celebrates-legendary-jazz-musician-charlie-parker http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/ink/life-in-kc/article97043702.html Macy Layne https://youtu.be/eIEptsPTyQg Read more about 2016 Charlie Parker Celebration Media Coverage[…]
Social Media 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 Read more about An Interview with Charlie Parker’s Daughter[…]
Social Media On July 30th from 2 pm to 10 pm, we need YOUR help! Grab a friend in jazz and take a seat under the KC Jazz ALIVE tent. Listen to great live jazz, pass out Charlie Parker Celebration flyers and spread the word about our annual celebration! Hangout for 1 hour, 2 hours, Read more about We need YOUR help at the 7th annual Phoenix Fest![…]
Social Media Jazz Near You is a worldwide calendar for live jazz events. The app is growing more and more in Kansas City and we need your help to expand it even further! Using Jazz Near You’s simple upload system, we will gather once a month to upload all of the live jazz events around Kansas Read more about Upload events to Jazz Near You[…]
Social Media 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: Read more about 48-Hour Art Sale Benefiting KC Jazz ALIVE![…]
Social Media 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 Read more about Presentation of funds at 39Rainbow![…]
Social Media Coming to Kansas City this August, BikeWalkKC will host a bike tour across our city’s most influential jazz places! Discover Kansas City’s rich musical heritage and unique neighborhoods from a new perspective. To learn more and become a part of this new experience, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-205-7056 x4 Social Media
Social Media 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! Read more about Kansas City Jazz Academy at The American Jazz Museum[…]
Social Media 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 Read more about 2016 CPC Artist in Residence[…]
Social Media UMKC Jazz Night Pre-reception and Concert April 26 6:30 Reception on the Second Floor 7:30 pm Concert Folly Theater 300 W 12 St Kansas City, MO 64105 UMKC Jazz Night at the The Folly Theater – April 26, 2016! UMKC Jazz Friends Membership Party starts at 6:30p with complementary beer & wine Read more about UMKC Jazz Night at The Folly Theater[…]
Social Media April is National Jazz Appreciation Month, and to show their support, a portion of proceeds from all 39Rainbow restaurant tenants will be donated to KC Jazz ALIVE! Go out and eat at Subway, 7-Eleven, topp’d, Five Guys and IHOP through April 30 to support jazz in Kansas City! Come and enjoy live, Read more about Jazz Appreciation Month at 39Rainbow[…]
Social Media 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 Read more about Charlie “Yardbird” Parker[…]
Social MediaJoin UMKC’s Jazz Studies Program on April 11th, 2016 at Green Lady Lounge! Great music, for FREE! The Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Latin Jazz Percussion Ensemble, and Jazz Bass Ensemble, along with seven Jazz Combos, perform standards and originals in the Orion Room. All compositions and arrangements will be announced from the stage, 6:00 p.m. Read more about UMKC’s Jazz Studies Program on April 11th at Green Lady Lounge![…]