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2015 CHARLIE PARKER CELEBRATION

August 20, 2015 - August 29, 2015

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[17 CITY-WIDE EVENTS – August 20-29, 2015]
o Brian Johnston, 2015 Chair

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CREDITS: 2015 Charlie Parker Celebration official poster was created by graphic artist, Debra Phillips using the initial poster template design that was done in 2014 at the Boulevard Brewing Company by graphic artist.

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[EVENT #1]
Thursday, Aug 20
o Blue Room (Shades of Jade – 7:00 pm)

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[EVENT #2]
Bird Lives!
DATE: Opens Thursday – August 20th
LOCATION: American Jazz Museum, Permanent Exhibition
COST: Regular Museum Admission

Curated by Jess Rezac and Rachel Marshall, this exhibition will be an extension of the existing Charlie Parker Permanent Exhibition section at the American Jazz Museum and will showcase dozens of rare Charlie Parker artifacts on loan from the Norman R. Saks Collection and the UMKC Marr Sound Archives.

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The Exhibition is sponsored by the American Jazz Museum with support from the Norman R. Saks Collection and Marr Sound Archives.
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[EVENT #3]
Charlie Parker and the Birth of Bebop
DATE: Thursday – August 20th
LOCATION: American Jazz Museum, Atrium
COST: FREE. Donation Accepted

Moderated by American Jazz Museum Education Manager Bill McKemy, this panel discussion will explore the significance of Bird’s influence on musical and scholarly output in today’s environment. Panelists include:

Scott DeVeaux, Professor of Critical and Comparative Studies, University of Virginia. Author of The Birth of Bebop: A Social and Musical History and co-author of Jazz with Gary Giddins.

Clay Jenkins, Trumpet Player, Recording Artist, Jazz Studies faculty member at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and 2015 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist in Residence.

Chuck Haddix, Director of the Marr Sound Archive, University of Missouri Kansas City and author of Bird: the Life and Music of Charlie Parker and Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop.

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The session is sponsored by KC Jazz ALIVE in cooperation with the American Jazz Museum.
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[EVENT #4]
Friday, Aug 21
o The Phoenix (Lonnie McFadden)

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[EVENT #5]
“The Bebop Language” Music BOOT CAMP!!
DATE: Saturday – August 22, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
LOCATION: American Jazz Museum, Blue Room
COST: FREE. Donation Accepted. RSVP Required

*Send RSVP Via eMail [HERE]

Session will include a progressive music boot camp for students of all ages (adult musicians welcome) who wish to be fully immersed in the music of the Jazz Legend and composer , Charlie Parker. The session will also explore the language of the bebop style pioneered by Charlie Parker and his contemporaries. Faculty to include CPC Artist-in-Residence Clay Jenkins and Dan Thomas, Director of Jazz Studies at UMKC among others

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This session is sponsored by the American Jazz Museum.
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[EVENT #6]
Parker’s Places – A Kansas City Jazz History Tour
DATE: Saturday – August 22, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
LOCATION: KC Sites and American Jazz Museum
COST: $25 (Call 816.474.6262 / Ticketmaster)

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Hosted by noted Kansas City historian, Chuck Haddix and others, the tour will visit special sites in Kansas City that played a significant role in the life and development of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker and his KC Contemporaries.

The session will be sponsored by the American Jazz Museum in cooperation with the Kansas City Parks and Recreation.
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[EVENT #7]
Saturday, Aug 22
o Broadway Kansas City (Steve Lambert)
o 12 Baltimore (Stan Kessler)

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[EVENT #8]
Sunday, Aug 23
o Green Lady Lounge (627 Big Band – 8:30 pm)

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[EVENT #9]
“I Gotta Solo”: Jazz Improvisation Clinic/Master-class
DATE: Monday – August 24, 4:00 – 4:50 pm
LOCATION: American Jazz Museum campus
COST: FREE. Donation Accepted. RSVP Required

*Send RSVP Via eMail [HERE]

Eastman Jazz Studies faculty member and 2015 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist in Residence Clay Jenkins takes students through the key elements of building a powerful jazz improvisation solo. Bring your instrument and hunger for some great educational information in this play-a-long session.

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The session will be sponsored by the American Jazz Museum in cooperation with Kansas City Jazz ALIVE.
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[EVENT #10]
Monday, Aug 24
o Chaz (Brett Jackson – no AIR)
o The Phoenix (Millie Edwards)
o Blue Room (Bill McKemy Quintet)

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[EVENT #11]
The “Elders” Speak: We Remember Bird
DATE: Tuesday – August 25 – 6:00 pm
LOCATION: American Jazz Museum, Atrium
COST: FREE. Donation Accepted.

Kansas City is fortunate to have two of the last surviving friends of Charlie Parker still sharing their fantastic stories. Join us as we learn from these significant KC Elders including Widow of Oliver Todd, Bernice Todd (95), and KC Jazz Musician and Monarch, Sellie Truitt (97). Session will also include commentary by Artist in Residence Clay Jenkins. Steve Penn will moderate.

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This session is sponsored by the Elder Statesmen of Kansas City Jazz in conjunction with Kansas City Jazz ALIVE
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[EVENT #12]
Tuesday, Aug 25
o JCCC/ Polsky Theater (Gerald Spaits/Charles Perkins 4tet-1 pm)
o Café Trio (Mike Pagan)
o Jazz A Louisiana Kitchen (Lonnie Ray)

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[EVENT #13]
Wednesday, Aug 26
o Majestic (Hermon Mehari Trio – 6:00 pm)
o Broadway Kansas City (12th Street Jump – 7:00 pm)

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[EVENT #14]
Thursday, Aug 27
o Green Room/ Westport Coffee House (Kansas City Bone Company)
o The Ship (Micah Herman)

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[EVENT #15]
Friday, Aug 28
o Café Trio (Tom Roberts)
o Chaz (Ron Carlson Trio)
o Blue Room (Montez Coleman)

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[EVENT #16]
Happy Birthday Bird!
Gravesite Memorial & Musical Salute
DATE: Saturday – August 29 – 12:00 pm (Gravesite Memorial); 2:00 pm Reception, DIRECTIONS
LOCATION: Lincoln Cemetery, MAP & the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, DIRECTIONS
COST: FREE. Donation Accepted

Re-imaging the annual Twenty-One Saxophone Salute created by the late KC Jazz Legends Eddie Baker and Ahmad Alaadeen, this event will feature a host of Kansas City’s finest musicians in a stunning performance salute at the site of Charlie Parker’s Gravesite at Lincoln Cemetery. The salute will be led by 2015 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist in Residence, Clay Jenkins.

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The day includes a special reception “Chicken Feed” hosted by the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and will culminate in a Charlie Parker Showcase Performance featuring Artist in Residence Clay Jenkins and guests.
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The Musical Salute and Chicken Feed reception is presented by the Kansas City Jazz Advocates, Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center in cooperation with Kansas City Jazz ALIVE.
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[EVENT #17]
HAPPY BIRTHDAY “BIRD”!
Capstone Showcase Concert:
Bob Bowman & Bowdog featuring Clay Jenkins
DATE: Saturday – August 29 – 8:30 pm
LOCATION: American Jazz Museum, Blue Room
COST: $15 ticketmaster_logo_small

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[ABOUT]
2015 Charlie Parker Celebration
Artist in Residence, Clay Jenkins

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Clay Jenkins‘ career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences. He attended The University of North Texas (then named North Texas State University) where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and studied trumpet with John Haynie.

Upon completion of his degree, Clay went out on the road, playing the jazz trumpet chair with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He recorded three live albums with the Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love, and The Lost Concerts, Vols. I & II, and was also involved with the Stan Kenton Orchestra in Residence Jazz Camps.

Clay moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where he continued playing in live performances and in studio recording sessions. He also studied with the renowned trumpet teacher, James Stamp for the next two years. From Los Angeles, he toured with the big bands of Harry James, Buddy Rich, and finally, the Count Basie Orchestra.

Esteemed jazz trumpeter and Eastman School of Music professor Clay Jenkins is 2015 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist-In-Residence.

Esteemed jazz trumpeter and Eastman School of Music professor Clay Jenkins is 2015 Charlie Parker Celebration Artist-In-Residence..

Clay earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from The University of Southern California in 1993, studying trumpet with Boyde Hood. Clay began teaching at several schools, including The Foundation for the Junior Blind, The University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge, and The California Institute of the Arts. He also served as Chairman of the Music Theory Department at the Colburn School of Performing Arts from 1988 through the summer of 2000, and co-authored the theory textbook being used there and in other schools. His duties also include being on the staff of several Jim Widner Summer Jazz Camps.

Currently, Clay is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He also continues to be a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States and Canada, and also abroad in Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. He is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (which has included trumpet artists Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant, Chuck Findley, Oscar Brashear, Byron Stripling, and Bijon Watson). The C.H.J.O. was the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.

Clay’s solo recordings include: Rings, Give and Gather, Yellow Flowers After, Azure Eyes, Blues State, and the soon to be released Good Signs on the Jazz Compass label. His ensemble with co-leader Kim Richmond, has released two recordings: Range, and Look at the Time. Other artists Clay has recorded with include Milt Jackson, Harold Danko, Rich Perry, The Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, “Trio East,” Billy Harper, Lyle Mays, Peter Erskine, Ray Brown, Dr. John, Bob Sheppard, Jim Widner, Eric Reed, Moacir Santos, Gary Hobbs, Bill Perkins, Joe La Barbera, John La Barbera, Pat La Barbera, Bill Cunliffe, Billy Childs, Steve Houghton, Lennie Niehaus, Ernestine Anderson, Kurt Elling, Diana Krall, and Miki Coltrane.

Also see: ClayJenkins.NET

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August 20, 2015
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August 29, 2015
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Organizer

KC Jazz ALIVE
Website:
http://KCJazzAlive.org

Venue

Blue Room
1600 E. 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Phone:
8164746262
Website:
http://Club.AmericanJazzMuseum.org

This calendar contains events from multiple organizations, including the American Jazz Museum. All event information is subject to changes.