Meet Tom Wells, Jazz Super Fan!

  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 Read more about Meet Tom Wells, Jazz Super Fan![…]

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![…]

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[…]