Located near the northwest corner of 19th and Vine, Ol’ Kentuck served up jazz along with spicy barbecue. In June 1940, Charlie first met Dizzy Gillespie in front of the Ol’ Kentuck. Dizzy was in town playing with the Cab Calloway Band at Fairyland Park. Trumpeter Bernard “Buddy Anderson” introduced Charlie to Dizzy and they walked around the corner to Musician’s Local 627, where they had a musical meeting of the minds. This get-together marked the birth of bebop.
1516-18 East 19th St
Kansas City, MO 64108