On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Charlie "Yard Bird" Parker's Grafton saxophone, one of Kansas City's most treasured jazz artifacts, embarked on a journey to Lake Buena Vista, Florida for a six-month stay at EPCOT at Walt Disney World for “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” a salute to cities across America that had a major impact on jazz music. 

Charlie Parker’s innovative style of jazz is often credited for putting Kansas City “on the map” musically, so it is fitting that in this centennial year of his birth he is back on the world stage. Bird may have left the nest for a little while, but he'll be back by his 101st birthday on Sunday, August 29th. While the sax is gone, we'd like to raise $101,000  to "best the nest." 


In the Yard is a new initiative to elevate the American Jazz Museum's mission to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research. Funds from this campaign will create new opportunities to: 

  • Foster cultural equity, awareness and a love of jazz in younger generations through the American Jazz Museum's signature youth programs: Jazz Storytelling and the Kansas City Jazz Academy
  • Increase access and exposure to the jazz art form by digitizing and preserving precious artifacts and archived performances
  • Nurture and develop musicians with the KC Jazz Incubator: a new initiative that will support local musicians using four fundamental elements of jazz: improvisation, collaboration, innovation, and mentorship

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In the Yard

by American Jazz Museum


On Thursday, February 4, 2021, Charlie "Yard Bird" Parker's Grafton saxophone, one of Kansas City's most treasured jazz artifacts, embarked on a journey to Lake Buena Vista, Florida for a six-month stay at EPCOT at Walt Disney World for “The Soul of Jazz: An American Adventure,” a salute to cities across America that had a major impact on jazz music. 

Charlie Parker’s innovative style of jazz is often credited for putting Kansas City “on the map” musically, so it is fitting that in this centennial year of his birth he is back on the world stage. Bird may have left the nest for a little while, but he'll be back by his 101st birthday on Sunday, August 29th. While the sax is gone, we'd like to raise $101,000  to "best the nest." 


In the Yard is a new initiative to elevate the American Jazz Museum's mission to celebrate and exhibit the experience of jazz as an original American art form through performance, exhibition, education, and research. Funds from this campaign will create new opportunities to: 

  • Foster cultural equity, awareness and a love of jazz in younger generations through the American Jazz Museum's signature youth programs: Jazz Storytelling and the Kansas City Jazz Academy
  • Increase access and exposure to the jazz art form by digitizing and preserving precious artifacts and archived performances
  • Nurture and develop musicians with the KC Jazz Incubator: a new initiative that will support local musicians using four fundamental elements of jazz: improvisation, collaboration, innovation, and mentorship