Thursday, August 28, 2014

Celebrating Charlie Parker

Etched in Stone

Two ideograms,
a saxophone and
a bird, allow
visitors to
identify your
grave without
reading your name.

Decades after
your casket was
placed here,
people still
flock to pay
their respects,
leaving behind
flowers, charms
or the thoughts
in their hearts.

Some come to play
in your presence.
To fill the air
with music, as
you once did.
To send you
notes that say
your talent has
yet to be eclipsed.

Friday, August 29 marks the 94th anniversary of Charlie Parker's birth. As part of the 2014 Charlie Parker Celebration, there will be a 21-Sax Salute on both Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 at the grave site in Lincoln Cemetery. Go to the KC Jazz Alive website for details about these events and the final events of this year's celebration. Remember, you can always learn more about Charlie Parker by visiting the American Jazz Museum.

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