The popular Ironwoods Sunday in the Park series in Leawood features the re-established David Basse Trio at 6 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19. It’s just one of many performances by local jazz musicians and groups to help celebrate the 5th annual Charlie Parker Celebration.
Also performing at Sunday’s free Ironwoods concert will be KC jazz icon and multi-talented Lonnie McFadden and Grammy winner Tivon Pennicott, both artists-in-residence for this year’s Charlie Parker Celebration. Iroonwoods Park is at 14701 Mission Road.
After focusing on his vocals for 10 years, Basse has returned to the drums, his primary and first instrument. David has teamed up with multi-instrumentalist and producer Greg Richter and bassist Joe Straws to create The David Basse Trio. Greg began arranging music for David in 1999. “We have played together so often,” says David, “that Greg tailors the music to fit perfectly with my voice.”
One of Kansas City’s best-known performers, Basse has had the honor of recording with Sandra Booker, Larry Bunker, Jay McShann, Bobby Watson and Phil Woods. He produced a Grammy-nominated album for pianist Mike Melvoin in 2002. With several albums to his credit and an award-winning career in radio, David’s warm and inviting voice draws listeners into the world of jazz. Basse, who grew up in Nebraska, was inducted into the Nebraska Music Hall of Fame last fall.
The 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.
For more information about the Charlie Parker Celebration, visit: http://charlieparkercelebration.com/