Searching for Charlie Parker
is a year-long international performance to honor Kansas City
’s most celebrated Jazz artist during the year of his centennial. More than any other figure, Charlie Parker changed the sound of Jazz, and one hundred years later he continues to impact Jazz artists and the art-form today.
Throughout 2020, in Searching for Charlie Parker
, blues PEOPLE will play their songbook in the spirit of Charlie Parker's innovation, also, to collaborating with The Kansas City Art Ensemble, an all-star collective of the finest, and celebrated Kansas City, and international Jazz artists performing today. They will pay tribute to the legendary Jazz saxophonist, composer, and innovator, and perform and record music that honors the sound of the legend in Sanctified Rhythms" and as explored through No Boundaries to Art" Parker’s artistry, as a key disruptor of the art-form, as performed in Music is your own Experience" highlights the artist’s suggestion that what you play, how you play, and the sound you produce is through whom you are. Just Play the Music," for instance, pays homage to the saxophone featuring five saxophonists.
The initiative aims to bring to the forefront, the vibrancy of the City’s Jazz scene and the major role it plays as an incubator. This bold project will expand the Kansas City Jazz brand nationally and globally, both by performing at the world stage and in collaborating with global artists on the local stage. In addition to celebrating the centennial of Parker, Searching for Charlie Parker
will work to unify, communities, neighborhoods, and cultures within the Kansas City Metropolitan area as well as globally.
The creation of the artist is not the process of playing the game, but the one willing to change the platform in which the game is played," Logan Richardson.
Searching for Charlie Parker
is a vital initiative not only to celebrate the legend but to highlight the incredible talented Kansas City artists and to continue to use Jazz to bridge cultures and connect communities all over the world," Cheptoo Kositany, President Jazz Sister Cities.Searching for Charlie Parker
will launch in Kansas City, MO on February 6, 2020, at the Ship 1217 Union Avenue during Black History Month to highlight the importance of African American contributions to the fabric of America’s culture and art.
This first performance will feature Kansas City’s GRAMMY-nominated alto saxophonist, composer, producer and educator, Bobby Watson
, and will host international Jazz artists from Poland. The performance termed Searching for Charlie Parker Volume 1: Poland Meets Charlie Parker
line up is planned as follows:
- 9:00 PM: Music is Your Own Experience — Featuring Polish Jazz Artists.
- 10:00 PM: Sanctified Rhythms — Featuring GRAMMY-nominated alto saxophonist Bobby Watson.
- 11:00 PM: No Boundaries to Art — Featuring Logan Richardson Richardson’s blues PEOPLE.
- 12:00 AM: Just Play the Music — Honoring the Saxophone Featuring Five Saxophonists.
About Logan Richardson blues PEOPLE
Their rapport is tough and direct, more conducive to a snarling riff than to any flight of improvisational fancy. And while the blues are a focal point, there's an implicit critique of 'authenticity' in this music." —Nate Chinen, NPR MUSIC
About Jazz Sister Cities
Jazz Sister Cities is a 501c3 non-profit that promotes Jazz as a tool for Building Cultural Bridges globally through engagement and collaboration with cities, programs, and artists. Jazz Sister Cities aims to build a global movement and human network to bridge communities with Jazz as the passport.