[Seymour Wyse, Horace Mann School, 1940 (courtesy of Dave Moore)]
Returning to the extraordinary trove of tapes of Allen now in the archives at Stanford University, here’s a recently-discovered gem – Allen, in 1981, at Leicester University, in England, in conversation with the figure who turned on the young Jack Kerouac to a rich and life-long appreciation of jazz, his old Horace Mann schoolmate – Seymour Wyse.
Edie Parker Kerouac (remembering Seymour Wyse, in Boulder, the following year) : “Yeah and he used to scat, and he and Jack used to do this together. And the first time, … Read More
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
part 3 – Monk, Dizzy and Bird
Sam Charters: I thought I would talk about the three black performers that Jack talks about so specifically – Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.
Thelonious Monk, was one of the most challenging of the three and played with them. Thelonious, unlike the other two, had severe technical limitations . I remember watching him at the Five Spot and I was always afraid when he played one of those descending runs he was going to beak his wrist, because he just never seemed to be able to quite get it
This weekend – jazz weekend, we’ll present legendary jazz scholar, Sam Charters (in a talk given on July 26, 1982 at The Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado, on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary On The Road Conference) – “Jack’s Jazz’
Today, just a few brief moments from his opening remarks. Tomorrow, a full transcription of his lucid talk.
[note – none of the illustrations or the hyperlinks are the responsibility of Sam Charters – this recording begins in media res – Charters has been just playing a series of representative early swing band recordings]