Charlie Parker’s Birthday

WKCR and the irrepressible Phil Schaap are the essential custodians of the great “Yardbird” Charlie Parker.   Tune into their Charlie Parker Birthday Broadcast today.  A few of our  past birthday-postings- here , here and here.

A few scattered videos to celebrate!

From last year’s (2016): New York City Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: 

From 2015, Graveside Ceremony by Charlie Parker’s grave in Kansas City:

From the 2014 The Gravesite Salute:

And one more homage (from 2010):

& Here (once again and forever) is the man himself (improvising with / after  Coleman Hawkins ):

Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax) and Charlie Parker (alto) from Norman Granz’s documentary “Improvisation  (1950)

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