Kansas City honors native jazz legend, Charlie Parker

Kansas City remembers a Jazz legend.

Kansas City native, Charlie Parker, would’ve turned 94-years-old Friday, August 29. But, his music career was cut short when he died at just 34-years-old.

Now, decades later, his legacy still lives on. The legendary saxophone player, nicknamed “Yardbird," left a lasting impression not only on Kansas City, but also the whole Jazz world.

He’s inspired a 17-day celebration bearing his namesake. The Charlie Parker Celebration has featured concerts, music camps, exhibits, and Friday, a graveside memorial.

His only living daughter hopes the first-ever event becomes a Kansas City tradition.

“It’s very special, and jazz is Kansas City lives,” Kim Parker said.

Saturday, August 30 is the last day of the celebration. A twenty-one SAX salute is scheduled at noon at Lincoln Cemetery. At 2:00 p.m., a reception and jam session will be held at the Blue Room.

From 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. you can catch the Rag Swing Bob: Paul Mesner Puppet Theater at the Gem Theater.

From 7:00-11:00 p.m. Stan Kessler is playing at 12 Baltimore.

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