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The Charlie Parker Celebration Announces 5th Anniversary Edition

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The Charlie Parker Celebration returns this August 16 to 25 and will celebrate its 5th anniversary this year with a performance from local and multi-talented treasure, Lonnie McFadden, a singer, trumpeter, and tap dancer.

McFadden will perform at this year’s Charlie Parker Celebration (CPC) and produce the Celebration’s signature concert, “Charlie Parker – Past, Present, Future,” on August 25. Joining McFadden as an artist-in-residence (AIR) will be Grammy winner Tivon Pennicott. Both musicians will participate in many of this year’s feature events and the jazz crawl (20-plus performances at 14 jazz clubs or venues during the 10-day event).

Besides tributes to Parker, the event serves as an opportunity to promote the music of local Kansas City jazz artists who will perform alongside McFadden (trumpet) and Pennicott (tenor saxophone). The CPC is recognized as the largest celebration of its kind in the world. Throughout the Celebration, McFadden, Pennicott, and all the local musicians will provide dialog about Kansas City and Charlie Parker’s indelible impression on jazz. Plus, this year the education events/activities have significantly expanded to further the story/awareness of KC jazz.

This year’s CPC events are again open to the public. Tickets will range from free to modestly priced.

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