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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

2015 Media Coverage

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– – – Ongoing CPC Media links: (newest on top) 2015-08-25: http://www.pitch.com/kansascity/jazz-beat-ryan-heinlein-and-the-kansas-city-bone-company/Content?oid=5507362 2015-08-25: KMBZ radio for 10:30 8/25 Kim Parker to do an interview with E.J. and Ellen, the morning team. Probably 20-30 minutes! 2015-08-25: http://www.kshb.com/thenow/kansas-city-celebrates-legendary-jazz-musician-charlie-parker 2015-08-25: Jason Piggie will film Tuesdays CPC performance at Café Trio 2015-08-25: Rodney Thompson will film Tuesday night’s “We […]