An annual Kansas City tradition celebrates the life of Charlie Parker. Jazz lovers, musicians and fans  gathered Saturday afternoon at his grave site at Lincoln Cemetery, for a salute and tribute to the legendary saxophonist. Parker would have turned 95 on Saturday. The Dirty Force Band, led by David Ford (middle), led the procession to the gravesite. Kim Parker, the stepdaughter of the Kansas City native, was in attendance, as were dozens of area musicians, who joined together to play Parker’s “Now’s the Time” at the conclusion of the ceremony.
An annual Kansas City tradition celebrates the life of Charlie Parker. Jazz lovers, musicians and fans gathered Saturday afternoon at his grave site at Lincoln Cemetery, for a salute and tribute to the legendary saxophonist. Parker would have turned 95 on Saturday. The Dirty Force Band, led by David Ford (middle), led the procession to the gravesite. Kim Parker, the stepdaughter of the Kansas City native, was in attendance, as were dozens of area musicians, who joined together to play Parker’s “Now’s the Time” at the conclusion of the ceremony. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com
An annual Kansas City tradition celebrates the life of Charlie Parker. Jazz lovers, musicians and fans gathered Saturday afternoon at his grave site at Lincoln Cemetery, for a salute and tribute to the legendary saxophonist. Parker would have turned 95 on Saturday. The Dirty Force Band, led by David Ford (middle), led the procession to the gravesite. Kim Parker, the stepdaughter of the Kansas City native, was in attendance, as were dozens of area musicians, who joined together to play Parker’s “Now’s the Time” at the conclusion of the ceremony. Rich Sugg rsugg@kcstar.com

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