Kansas City, Missouri has many nicknames, including the City of Fountains, for its assortment of striking water features; the Heart of America, because of its central location and welcoming populace; and the Jazz Capital of the World, where Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Lester Young, and Big Joe Turner all had roots in a town where Kansas City-style jazz is still alive and kicking. Locals say their city is the BBQ Capital of the World, and while that title is hotly contested, the city's BBQ joints make a strong case.

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