Charlie Parker, also know as “Bird" or "Yardbird” was born in Kansas City on August 29th, 1920.  He is considered one of the single greatest jazz musicians of all time, and the inventor of the modern jazz solo.

Today was his birthday. 

Since 1976, it's been a tradition of Kansas City’s jazz musicians and leaders to honor “Bird” with a 21 Sax Salute at his grave in Lincoln Cemetery.