This August 29 and 30, there'll be no sleepin' at 18th and Vine (not that there ever is sleepin' down there on a Saturday night) as the Mutual Musicians Foundation celebrates the birthday of immortal superlegend and KC native son Charles "Yardbird" Parker with 24+ hours of music and ceremony. Here's the schedule so far. Call the Foundation at 816-471-5212 for more details.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 29
12 p.m. - Jazz & Blues Musicians Group Photo
1 to 2 p.m. - Kansas City Jazz Pioneers Flags of Fame Dedication
2 to 8 p.m. - Two Outdoor Stages with Jazz & Blues Performances
8 p.m. - Mutual Musicians Foundation Early Jam (Inside)
12 a.m. - 12 O'Clock Jump Radio Show Live on 89.3 KCUR-FM Radio
1 to 6 a.m. - Mutual Musicians Foundation Late Night Jazz Jam
SUNDAY, AUGUST 30
1 p.m. - Charlie Parker Saxophone Salute at Lincoln Cemetery
2 p.m. - Charlie Parker Yard Bird Chicken Banquet & Jazz Jam
In the spirit of Art Kane, all local jazz and blues musicians are invited to sit in on the group photo at noon on Saturday.
Now here's Bird tearing up some bop.