Charlie "Yardbird" Parker is one of the most revered figures in Kansas City's storied jazz legacy. Festivities for his upcoming birthday abound.
By The Walt Bodine Show, Aug 24, 2009
Kansas City , Mo. –
Charlie "Yardbird" Parker is one of the most revered figures in Kansas City's storied jazz legacy. Festivities honoring Parker's upcoming birthday abound, from the Bird Lives Festival at the Mutual Musicians Foundation to the Kansas City Public Library's "Meet the Past" event featuring Parker.
We discuss the influence Charlie Parker had on Kansas City jazz, and find out what made his contributions unique with special emphasis on the events that shaped his private life and musical career.
-Dennis Winslett, Education Specialist at the American Jazz Museum & Professional Saxophonist
-Walter Coppage, Independent Entertainment Professional