The Charlie Parker Celebration 10-day Jazz Crawl is considered the largest in the U.S. The showcase of venues serves as an opportunity to promote the music of local Kansas City jazz artists as they perform alongside the award-winning Artists-in-Residence Tivon Pennicott (tenor sax) and Lonnie McFadden (trumpet).
Organizer KC Jazz ALIVE, the presenter of the Parker Celebration, invites you to come out to listen to some incredible music and performances. KCJA has partnered with 15 area jazz clubs and other organizations for 20+ performances and Parker tributes. Pennicott and McFadden will sit in with the local musicians on a nightly basis. Of course, McFadden is a local, multi-talented jazz icon, while Pennicott is a 3-time Grammy winner from New York City.
The 5th Annual Charlie Parker Celebration explores and recognizes the legacy of one the most influential saxophonists and jazz icons to ever perform. The Celebration, a comprehensive Charlie Parker tribute, is recognized as the largest celebration of its kind in the world.
Parker was born in 1920 in Kansas City, Kan., and moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1927 — where jazz was flourishing, and the city was one of several cities instrumental in ushering in the musical improvisation style of Bebop, which Parker is identified with. The ’18 Charlie Parker Celebration includes a mix of jazz performances throughout the city as well as education, public programs and special events.
You can find the full event schedule online here, or see the listing of performances below: