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Biography of Charlie "Bird" Parker (1920-1955), Jazz Great
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;...
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Icons, Dies
December 29, 2008
Article about the death of sculptor Robert Graham, at age 70, in Santa Monica Califoarnia. Graham was the creator of the 18-foot monument to Charlie Parker at 17th and Vine, near the American Jazz Museum....
Kansas City Jazz: A History
Article about the history of jazz, including Kansas City's contribution to the "only true American art form."
All That Jazz
Article about the history of jazz, including Kansas City's influence on it before 1900 and after World War I.
18th & Vine District to Inaugurate Jazz Walk of Fame
August 22-28, 2014
Article announces that a ceremony to honor distinguished Kansas City jazz musicians by installing 30-inch bronze medallions in the sidewalks along 18th Street near the 18th and Vine District will take...
From Pawnshop to Auction Block, this Sax is King
February 20, 2005
Article concerns the auctioning off of Charlie Parker's King Super 20 alto saxophone.
'Bird and the Architects of Tomorrow
Article describes an effort by the steering committee of the Kaw valley Arts Council and a group of University of Kansas Architecture students to create a Charlie Parker Memorial Park in Kansas City, Kansas....
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's Return to the Vine
Article previews the unveiling of the sculpture and tomb of Charlie "Bird" Parker at 17th and the Paseo in the historic 18th and Vine district. The monument to Parker, designed by artist Robert Graham,...
Hampton's Hot Licks
October - November, 2005
Article recounting an August 28, 2005 birthday celebration for Charlie Parker held at his grave site in Lincoln Cemetery. The event, attended by about 250 fans and 30 Parker family members, was captured...
Bird Statue Renovation Complete
December 2006/January 2007
Article reporting a renovation of Robert Graham's Charlie 'Bird' Parker Memorial sculpture in September 2006. A propane torch and proprietary chemical mix invented by the artist was used to combat the...
A Big Bust
Authors reaction to the statue honoring jazz musician Charlie Parker, located in the 18th and Vine historical district.
About Faces: Charlie "Bird" Parker
Biographical sketch of the famous jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker.
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...
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...
Bird' Grave--Tenor and All
Brief item calling for the replacement of Charlie "Bird" Parker's headstone in Lincoln Cemetery in Kansas City. According to the author, the headstone "embarrasses our city" by displaying a tenor saxophone...
Haddix Research Enhances Knowledge of Bird's Youth
Brief item describing an article from The Kansas City Star, June 26, 2005, reporting on jazz historians Chuck Haddix and Llew Walker's discoveries of the addresses of Charlie "Bird" Parker in the Kansas...
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...
Now's the Time
June 28, 1905
Chapter of biography chronicling the period of Charlie Parker's career from late 1943 to mid-1946, when he was committed to the California state mental hospital at Camarillo. Includes details of Parker's...
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