WKCR and the irrepressible Phil Schaap are the essential custodians of the great “Yardbird” Charlie Parker. Tune into their Charlie Parker Birthday Broadcast today (August 29) – 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 ):
AG: Where were we? Oh Creeley? So Creeley. (Robert) Creeley. Each syllable is a thought. That’s a good way of (describing it), actually. That’s an aphorism for Creeley – “One thought per syllable” (in the sense that each syllable seems to be like a new thought) – opposite from my kind of writing, or, say, somebody else, … Read More
Charlie Parker‘s birthday today. We salute, as before, on The Allen Ginsberg Project, “the creator of the cool sound, the most modern of all horn men…”
Bird-fanciers (ornithologists) have plenty to be grateful for this year with the release this past month of Unheard Bird – The Unissued Takes, a new double-CD, featuring 58 previously-unreleased recordings made between 1949 and 1952 for Norman Granz, foumder of Verve Records, showcasing Parker in a variety of settings – in a Latin-jazz orchestra (spotlighting Afro-Cuban rhythms), leading all-star quartets, quintets, and septets, (and we do mean all-star!), solo-ing over … Read More