Charlie Parker: Ready, Set, Bird!


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 Grace United Community Ministries Youth Education Initiatives, "Ready, Set, Bird!" features a social hour viewing objects related to Parker and live music by local Kansas City jazz musicians.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Social hour viewing objects related to Parker. Refreshments provided.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Performances by saxophonist Ernest Melton and keyboardist Desmond Mason. Ernest picked up the saxophone at age 10 when he was enrolled in Longfellow Academy of the Arts in Kansas City, MO. Today he plays tenor saxophone in multiple Kansas City bands, citing Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Kenny Garrett and Pharoah Sanders as his major influences. Desmond is a solo artist and the CEO of Out D. Park Productions, LLC, a music production company.

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Performance by vocalist Ida McBeth and Friends. Ida is a musician who is hard to classify. Her repertoire includes pop-style ballads, jazz and blues, show tunes, funk, R&B, gospel and well known standards. With more than 50 years in the entertainment industry, Ida continues her influence on Kansas City jazz music.

Other events celebrating Charlie Parker

Friday, August 16th @ 7:00 pm - Bird's The Word

Saturday. August 24th @ 5:30 pm - Expectations of Bird

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






American Jazz Museum


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