Meet Tom Wells, Jazz Super Fan!

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  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 scene. How […]

Donny McCaslin Quartet – April 7th at The Folly Theater

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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 […]

Communiversity Class at UMKC – March 21st

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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 talent for […]

Winterlude at Johnson County Community College

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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 Winterlude concert […]

Shop on Amazon and support KC Jazz ALIVE!

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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! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-5409469 Happy shopping!

2016 Charlie Parker Celebration Media Coverage

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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) 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 – […]

An Interview with Charlie Parker’s Daughter

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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 […]

We need YOUR help at the 7th annual Phoenix Fest!

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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, or all […]

Upload events to Jazz Near You

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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 City to […]

48-Hour Art Sale Benefiting KC Jazz ALIVE!

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  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!

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  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 […]

Tour De Jazz Coming in August 2016!

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  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 info@bikewalkkc.org or 816-205-7056 x4

Kansas City Jazz Academy at The American Jazz Museum

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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 CPC Artist in Residence

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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, […]

UMKC Jazz Night at The Folly Theater

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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 reception, complete […]

Jazz Appreciation Month at 39Rainbow

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  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, local music […]

Charlie “Yardbird” Parker

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  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 […]