Kansas City hottest jazz event of the summer begins on Thursday in Downtown KC, as the city celebrates the life and legacy of its native son, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker.
Experience the evolution of jazz from ragtime to bebop, as KC Jazz Alive presents Kansas City musicians alongside tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott (three-time Grammy Award winner) and pianist Sullivan Fortner (2015 Cole Porter Fellowship in Jazz winner) in conjunction with the 4th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration that opens on Thursday at the American Jazz Museum and plays out in numerous jazz joints up to Tuesday, Aug. 29.
This 12-day celebration is jam-packed with music at KC’s greatest jazz venues. The festivities reach a fever pitch on next Saturday, Aug. 26 with a flurry of performances and special events that reach a crescendo with the 2017 Jazz Experience: Rhythm Changes that begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Folly Theater.
Festivities begin on Thursday with storytelling and jazz performances at the American Jazz Museum and the Blue Room; and continue through the weekend at some of Downtown KC’s best jazz scenes, including the Black Dolphin, The Phoenix, The Majestic, Green Lady Lounge, The Ship, The Ambassador Hotel and more.
For a complete schedule of Charlie Parker Celebration activities, visit charlieparkercelebration.com.
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