Charlie Parker

presented by KC Jazz ALIVE

A Kansas City-wide celebration of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s life and music in August 2021.

There’s More To the Music

No matter how you like to get into the swing, there is something for every jazz lover at Spotlight: Charlie Parker.

Venue Showcase

Kansas City’s lengthy list of jazz venues get toes tappin’ as fans explore the best local jazz scenes our city has to offer. In addition to spectacular ambiance, enjoy jam sessions and live performances throughout Kansas City.

Education Programming

Spotlight: Charlie Parker strengthens and promotes the talent among student musicians. Community members and jazz fans are invited to expand their knowledge through panel discussions, film screenings, and more!

Social Events

Jazz fans tend to find one another in a town like Kansas City… Whether sipping a cold beer in a beer garden, exploring an exhibition together or simply celebrating live jazz as a group, jazz fans enjoy chances to meet new patrons in Kansas City.

Spotlight: Kansas City Jazz

KC Jazz ALIVE is working to build a database of musicians, venues, educators, students, etc to create better synergies across jazz sectors in Kansas City. With this information, we plan to implement a strategy to enhance careers in jazz through increased opportunities for career advancement, health insurance, business development and more. Click here to submit your story and be featured. Thank you for your participation!

Spotlight: Karla Bauer

Website – Which instrument do you play or which venue do you manage? Singer/Songwriter Tell us about your career in jazz. SHINE ON! MUSIC LLC – Karla Bauer, Founder & CEO “I’m not in this just for the income, I do this for the outcome.” I’m an independent music artist committed to giving access […]


Kansas City’s jazz presenters, art exhibitors, and civic and cultural organizations come together to host jam sessions, tours, lectures, exhibits, panel discussions, poetry slams, workshops and concerts celebrating Charlie Parker—Kansas City’s native son.

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