Charlie Parker Celebration’s Jazz History Tour set for Saturday

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One of the more popular events of the annual Charlie Parker Celebration is the Jazz History Tour. There’s still time to purchase your tickets for this two-phase tour consisting which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the 18th & Vine Jazz District.
The tour includes a short walking tour within the historic jazz district, followed by lunch, a special “district development” presentation, a musical salute to Parker and a bus tour to sites that played a significant role in the development of Kansas City’s formidable jazz scene.

Patrons will also be provided with a complimentary KC Jazz Self-Guide tour booklet. Tour guides include Jacob Wagner (Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Design, UMKC) and Christopher Burnett (COO/ Founder of ARC – Artists Recording Collective), whose passionate and insight on KC’s jazz history is infectious.

KC Jazz ALIVE board member John Nobles remarks: “Jacob’s efforts supported the application to designate Kansas City as the first Creative City of Music in the United States by UNESCO. His engaging and compelling understanding of the value of Kansas City’s jazz history is precisely why UNESCO acknowledged our city as one of the most significant jazz cities in the world.”

Lunch will be served at the 12th Street & Vine Goin’ to Kansas City Plaza, near BAC Musical Instruments/Horn Doctor – one of the remaining custom brass instrument manufacturers in America led by Mike Corrigan.

Notably, the tour will visit “The Bowl,“ the sunken gardens on the Paseo, that served as a special “invitation only” gathering spot for KC’s best jazz musicians. The visit at the Bowl includes a musical salute to Charlie Parker and the many iconic KC jazz artists who followed in his footsteps.

There is limited seating so early registration is highly advised. Visit to learn more about this fantastic event and reserve your space today.

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.

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