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Save the Date: 10th Annual Spotlight: Charlie Parker


Get ready to swing to the rhythms of jazz as the 10th Annual Spotlight: Charlie Parker event is set to take place in our vibrant city of music!

From August 19th to August 26th, the week-long celebration promises an unforgettable experience filled with mesmerizing musical performances, heartfelt tributes, enlightening education sessions, and exciting social events.

Charlie Parker, the legendary saxophonist and composer, was born in Kansas City and left an indelible mark on the world of jazz. Spotlight: Charlie Parker aims to honor his legacy and perpetuate the spirit of jazz in his hometown.

This year's edition, marking a decade of celebration, is set to surpass expectations and create new memories for jazz enthusiasts from around the globe.

The heart and soul of the event lie in the spectacular musical performances that will grace the stages throughout the week.

Renowned jazz artists from near and far will come together to pay homage to Charlie Parker and showcase their exceptional talent. Highlighting this year’s event, is Grammy™ nominated alto saxophonist, Tia Fuller, who will serve as the 2023 Spotlight: Charlie Parker Artist-in-Residence.

Prepare to be captivated by awe-inspiring solos, captivating improvisations, and the electrifying energy that only jazz can bring.

A few notable events taking place include: Opening Brunch Event (August 20th at The Phoenix), History Tour (August 20th at 18th & Vine), and Women in Jazz Panel Discussion (August 22nd at the Ruby Room at Musical Theater Heritage in Crown Center). More events will be announced soon!

In addition to the breathtaking performances, Spotlight: Charlie Parker offers a range of educational opportunities.

Jazz workshops and masterclasses led by esteemed musicians and educators will provide insights into the nuances of the genre. Bird Boot Camp & Bird Salute will take place on August 19th.

Whether you're a budding musician looking to refine your skills or simply a jazz enthusiast eager to learn more, these educational sessions are a fantastic way to deepen your understanding and appreciation of the genre.

The series of events also features several heartfelt tributes to Charlie Parker, highlighting his impact on the jazz community.

Through engaging panel discussions, film screenings, and special exhibitions, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of Parker's life, his musical genius, and the lasting influence he continues to have on jazz musicians to this day.

These tributes serve as a reminder of the rich cultural heritage that Kansas City holds and the profound impact it has had on the world of jazz.

As the sun sets, the celebration continues with a series of social events that will bring jazz enthusiasts together in a joyous atmosphere.

Jam sessions, after-hours performances, and late-night parties will provide the perfect opportunity to connect with fellow jazz lovers, share experiences, and revel in the infectious rhythms of the music.

Whether you're a seasoned dancer or simply want to tap your foot to the beat, these social events promise to be a thrilling culmination of the festivities.

Kansas City, known as the "Jazz Capital of the World," is the perfect backdrop for this momentous occasion. With its rich jazz heritage, vibrant nightlife, and welcoming atmosphere, the city sets the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of jazz at the 10th Annual Spotlight: Charlie Parker event in Kansas City.

Join us from August 19th to August 26th as we celebrate the life, legacy, and music of one of jazz's greatest icons.

Whether you're a musician, a jazz aficionado, or simply someone looking for an extraordinary experience, this event promises to be a true highlight of the summer.

Stay tuned for more details and get ready to embrace the swingin' spirit of Charlie Parker and the mesmerizing world of jazz!

Check out SpotlightCharlieParker.org for full details as events are finalized.

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