Charlie Parker: Bird's The Word

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! 

"Bird's The Word" features original poetry readings and a beatbox performance and workshop by local Kansas City artists.


7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Original poetry reading by Mary Moore. Mary has performed over 30 years, with audiences residing in Kansas City, the Midwest, Europe, and Africa. Her other passion lies in community activism, focusing on parents and homeless women in Kansas City's urban core.

8:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Beatbox performance and workshop by Luke Harbur. Beatboxing is creating drum sounds with your lips, teeth, tongue and throat. Luke started beatboxing when he was 10 years old. 14 years later he has performed in 11 different states, with a mission for audiences to find passion and happiness through their talents.

8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Original poetry reading by Glenn North. Glenn is the Directior of Recreation - Public Programs & Events at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center and State Museum.

Other events celebrating Charlie Parker:

Friday, August 2nd @ 5:00 pm - Ready, Set, Bird!

Wednesday, August 24th @ 5:30 pm - Expectations of Bird

Monday, August 29th @ 5:00 pm - Bird's Fixings





American Jazz Museum


American Jazz Museum
1616 E 18th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108
United States