Saturday, August 19, 2017

Are We Doomed To Forget The Kansas City Charlie Parker Legacy???

Here's a guide to the 4th annual celebration but also a reminder that most of the participants are getting up there in years as well and few youngsters are showing much jazz appreciation . . . Meanwhile, City Hall is spending MILLIONS to subsidize a party district dedicated to a mostly forgotten art form.

Check this listing of local events that hope to rekindle some interest to the brilliant junkie who defined the sound of this town:

Charlie Parker Celebration | KC Jazz Alive

The 2017 Charlie Parker Celebration is presented by KC Jazz Alive. The mission of KC Jazz Alive is to build awareness, serve as a listening body, provide a platform for integrating ideas, function as a voice, provide exposure to resources, and unite the Kansas City jazz community.

10 Comments:

Anonymous said...

The cleave has wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars as part of his failed legacy project, what's it been, over twenty years and it's in worse shape now than it's ever been. The blacks won't even support it. We can't find money to fix anything in this town but we continually can find money to support this worthless pet project.

Anonymous said...

Jazz wasn't that big back then and it's less a big deal now, time to be done with it and put our money into fixing the broke down city, and sLIE, that means everything outside of the downtown loop

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

If they want to honor Parker they should move his grave out of that trash filled potters field he's buried in

Anonymous said...

The black community honors the memory of Charlie Parker every day by doing the same kind of drugs he did as a junkie musician.

Anonymous said...

thanks, tkc.

if one travels abroad and runs into a jazz fan and says one is from kansas city, they instantly warm up to anyone from charlie parker's hometown.

Anonymous said...

Parker, on his deathbed, asked his wife to MAKE SURE HE WASN'T BURIED IN KANSAS CITY!

He hated this town, and hated the African American Music Community because of the way he was treated by them! Every local Jazz musician of note in the 20s, 30s and early 40s had to leave Kansas city to "make it", because the Musical Community here was closed to them by the established people of mediocre talent already playing here.

This was just a "gig stop" on the way between New Orleans - Chicago or New York - Los Angeles! Get off the train, play a gig, pick up a few bucks, get back on the train, and go someplace where Jazz was alive!

If you truly want to honor Charley Parker's memory, start a movement to exhume his body and have it re-interred in Paris, the City he loved!

Anonymous said...

"Jazz wasn't that big back then...", 7:50? Who'd you get that information from - Trump?

Anonymous said...

There are plenty of Jazz clubs in town turning a profit. Time to stop subsidizing this failure.

Anonymous said...

We need some jazz in Clay County. Some of us will not patronize anything in Jackson County for a whole variety of reasons.

Anonymous said...

If Charlie Parker had been white the city would not have put a bus stop at 18th and Vine let alone spent tens of millions there.