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Charlie Parker (Bird)
Photos, illustrations, and information on Charlie Parker (1920-1955), a world-famous Kansas City jazz musician nicknamed "Yardbird" or "Bird." Born in Kansas City, Kansas, and moving to Kansas City, Missouri,...
Edith Lowe Peters Scrapbooks Finding Aid
Edith Lowe Peters appears to have been a long-time Kansas City resident, born in 1882 in Rock Port, Mo. Her father, Frank Lowe, was a local Kansas City figure known in law, church, and political circles....
Jazz: New Perspectives on the History of Jazz by Twelve of the World's Foremost Jazz Critics and Scholars
Chapter of the book about Charlie Parker (1920-1955), a jazz musician and co-creator of the bebop style, born in Kansas City, Kansas, and growing up and starting out in Kansas City, Missouri, in the 1930s...
Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker
Photos and descriptions of Charlie Parker (1920-1955), or Charles Parker, Jr., a black jazz musician nicknamed "Bird." Born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 29, 1920 (at 852 Freeman Street) to Addie Boyley...
An Interview With Ahmad Ala-adeen
An interview with musician Ahmad Ala-adeen. Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded July 27, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc;...
An Interview With Carroll Jenkins
Interviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded September 14, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide...
Last of the Blue Devils
Presents the story of Kansas City music in the twenties and thirties, when this midwestern city acquired an intense concentration of nightlife. Includes performances by, and interviews with, Count Basie...
SC164 KCPL Reference Hard to Find Collection
1980 – 2005, bulk 1990s
The materials within the KCPL Reference Hard to Find (HTF) Collection were compiled by Kansas City Public Library reference librarians and staff members to provide an easy to access source of information...
Biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), Jazz Great
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biography of Charles Christopher "Bird" Parker, Jr. (1920-1955), a native of Kansas City, Kansas, one of the most important figures in jazz history as a saxophone player starting out in Kansas City in...
Charlie Parker Sculpture
View looking toward the northwest with the Charlie Parker Memorial sculpture in view as well as the Kansas City downtown skyline. Parker memorial is located at 17th Terrace and the Paseo in the historic...
Kansas City. ..and All That's Jazz
Interview of McShann revealing "how one learned the music [of jazz and blues]. ..what the jazz scene was like in and around Kansas City during the late 1930s and early 1940s. ..and how Kansas City jazz...
The Kansas City Style of Jazz
The authors in this book have traced the history and personalities involved in the immergence of the unique style of jazz that originated in the heartland and in particular in Kansas City during the 1920s-1940s....
Body and Soul
Chapter of biography examining Charlie Parker's parents, his early years in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, and his musical beginnings in the Vine Street nightclub district. Includes details about an...
Play: Not Without Laughter
Chapter focuses on the music or club scene in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s. "Kansas City provided a setting for the grooming and maturation of some of the country's most important jazz voices". A...
View of grave of jazz musician Charlie Parker and Addie Parker as found in Lincoln Cemetery. This African American cemetery is located at 8604 East Truman Road in Kansas City, Missouri.
Robert Graham's Charlie "Bird" Parker Memorial
Article describes history and methodology of Charlie "Bird" Parker Memorial commissioned by Tony and Marti Oppenheimer and sculpted by Robert Graham.
Bird Memorial to Be Unveiled without Bones
Photos and article about the "plans for a grand celebration to open the Charlie 'Bird' Parker Plaza" on "the southeast corner of 17th Terrace and the Paceo [sic]," with a statue of Parker and canceled...
A Big Bust
Authors reaction to the statue honoring jazz musician Charlie Parker, located in the 18th and Vine historical district.
Chasin' the Bird
Book review of Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker, by Brian Priestly (Oxford University Press, 2006). Article includes a brief overview of Parker's links to Kansas City and highlights...
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