A memorial to Charlie Parker outside the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO.
K.C. Jazz Angels
Bill Basie playing sweet riffs
Swinging “One O’Clock Jump”
12th Street, Reno Club
Lester Young’s sweet tenor sax blowin’
chorus with the Count
Wild jump blues, shake the bandstand
Marijuana smoke dances
drifts from the band
Charlie Parker too young to blow
leans over the balcony
listens to Lester, blowmanblow.
Woodsheds on stoops,
back alleys, waiting for the nod.
Yeah, man that was Jazz.