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 (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 ):

Charlie Parker and Coleman … Read More

Friday’s Weekly Round-Up – 313

[Allen Ginsberg reading and lecturing in Olomouc in the Czech Republic, 1993]

Allen’s new book, The Best Minds of My Generation, selections from Allen’s lectures (not to be confused with the lectures transcribed here on the Allen Ginsberg Project), “mercifully reduced to 455 pages, shorn of repetitions, student interventions and Ginsberg’s habit of beginning every sentence with “So” – (sic) – as the reviewer in the London Times would have it) continues to impress one and all.

Here’s an excerpt from Gaby Wood‘s review in London’s Daily Telegraph:

“Lovingly edited from recordings by Bill Morgan, who has … Read More

Harry Smith Would Have Been 90 Years Old Today

Here’s Dizzy Gillespie, in 1947, playing “Manteca”. – click here

 Here’s Harry Smith‘s transcription of the tune. Each paint stroke represents a musical note

Here’s another of Harry’s extraordinary art works, an Untitled work, pastel on paper, from circa 1978, based on a series of 12 Zodiac designs

Harry, the painter, Harry, the film-maker (so far ahead of his time!). Here are the first of his “Early Abstractions”

Here’s another manifestation of the man, celebration of his exemplary collection of “string figures” [Harry Smith – Photo by Job Palmer – courtesy Harry Smith Archives] Here is Richard “Rabbit” … Read More