Charlie Parker’s birthday is coming up on August 29, and Kansas City has been known to show its locally grown sax legend many forms of tributes over the years.
This year a new kind of tribute is born. The radio show 12th Street Jump hosted its first-ever Charlie Parker Cutting Contest - a musical battle between saxophone players. But this competition wasn’t on a stage. 12th Street Jump used Facebook as the platform for submissions and to collect votes. The winner receives a free trip to Kansas City to play in the annual Charlie Parker Tribute Show on 12th Street Jump and to see KC’s legendary jazz sites.
*Jazz musician Ben Britton was the winner and will play this Saturday, August 25th, for the Charlie Parker Tribute Show on 12th Street Jump at Midnight on KCUR. You can check out his music here.