Charlie Parker: Bird's Fixings
Kansas City saxophonist Charlie "Yardbird" Parker was born August 29th, 1920. To learn more about Parker and celebrate his birthday all month long, the American Jazz Museum presents an array of free programming opportunities!
In partnership with Marr Sound Archives and the Miller Nichols Library at The University of Missouri-Kansas City, "Bird's Fixings" features a panel discussion and tribute jam for Kansas City saxophone legend Charlie “Yardbird” Parker!
There will be a cash bar at this event.
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Historic panel discussion about the life of Charlie Parker hosted by Chuck Haddix and Clarence Smith. Chuck is the curator of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 400,000 historic sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He hosts the “Fish Fry” a popular radio program featuring the finest in Americana, blues, soul, rhythm and blues, jumpin’ jive and zydeco on kcur.org FM 89.3, Kansas City’s public radio station, Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 to midnight. Clarence is coordinator of music at Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley, where he teaches jazz history, music appreciation, and percussion. He also serves as Director of the Kansas City Jazz Academy, the American Jazz Museum's youth program for jazz education.
7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Tribute jam with the Mutual Musicians Foundation. The Mutual Musicians Foundation originally served as Kansas City’s Local 627 union, known as the African-American Musicians Union. Today it is dedicated to utilizing the city’s most recognized international product, jazz, for its past, present and future.
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