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Kansas City Celebrates Charlie 'Bird' Parker This Month

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Kansas City is finally honoring jazz icon Charlie Parker with a two-week celebration that kicks off today. The celebration is centered on the occasion of what would have been Parker’s 94th birthday. It includes a 21-sax salute at Lincoln Cemetery where Parker is buried. The Fish Fry’s Chuck Haddix joins Steve Kraske  to talk about the American Jazz Museum and Kansas City's commemoration of the life and times of Charlie “Bird” Parker.

The Charlie Parker tour with Chuck Haddix departs from 18th and Vine at 1pm Saturday, August 16. Get your tickets here.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.