Meet Tom Wells, Jazz Super Fan!

  By TESSA SOUTER AND ANDREA WOLPER October 2, 2017 2,487 Views Article can be found at 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 Read more about Meet Tom Wells, Jazz Super Fan![…]

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 Read more about Donny McCaslin Quartet – April 7th at The Folly Theater[…]

Communiversity Class at UMKC – March 21st

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 Read more about Communiversity Class at UMKC – March 21st[…]

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 Read more about Winterlude at Johnson County Community College[…]

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 – Read more about 2016 Charlie Parker Celebration Media Coverage[…]

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 Read more about An Interview with Charlie Parker’s Daughter[…]

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

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 Read more about We need YOUR help at the 7th annual Phoenix Fest![…]

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 Read more about Kansas City Jazz Academy at The American Jazz Museum[…]

2016 CPC 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, Read more about 2016 CPC Artist in Residence[…]

UMKC Jazz Night at The Folly Theater

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 Read more about UMKC Jazz Night at The Folly Theater[…]

Jazz Appreciation Month at 39Rainbow

  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 Read more about Jazz Appreciation Month at 39Rainbow[…]

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 Read more about Charlie “Yardbird” Parker[…]