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An American Master + Kansas Native
Spotlighting the musical innovations of
2021 BIRD BOOT CAMP
PHOTOGRAPH: 2007 Charlie Parker Lincoln Cemetery Gravesite Tribute – Participating musicians shown (L-R) are: Horace Washington, David Basse, Stanton Kessler, Dan Jaffe, Bobby Watson, Kevin Gregg, Loren Pickford, Christopher Burnett, Ahmed Alaadeen, and Mike Corrigan.
BIRD BOOT CAMP began in 2014 as part of the original Charlie Parker celebration that was initiated by the Jazz catalyst nonprofit organization, Kansas City Jazz A.L.I.V.E. The originator of the Bird Boot Camp program was Greg Carroll, who successfully modeled the one-day educational event after some of the premier jazz camps and other music education programming he’d developed or initiated at various points in his professional career over the years. Spotlighting the life and musical contributions of Charlie Parker, Jr. (b. August 29, 1920, Kansas City, Kansas – d. March 12, 1955, New York, New York) by the entire greater Kansas City metropolitan area community was also considered to be long overdue among this initial consortium of noted artists, educators, Jazz venue owners, and arts institutions in the region. In 2019, Burnett Music Foundation, a relatively new Jazz nonprofit organization, was asked to take over the program and has assumed the role of artistic director and administrator, handling every detail of Bird Boot Camp – from the itinerary schedule for the day, booking artists and clinicians, organizing a coherent program, to funding the entire event through sponsorships, donations and grants to preclude possible barriers to participation. BMF added the Musical Salute element as well. In 2020 Burnett Music Foundation earned a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for Bird Boot Camp + Musical Salute. (BirdBootCamp.org)
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