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 ):

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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

Sam Charters – Jack Kerouac’s Jazz – 3 (Monk, Dizzy and Bird)

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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

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Sam Charters – Jack Kerouac’s Jazz 2 – Jack and Jazz

[Jack Kerouac, 1959 – Photograph by John Cohen]

Following on from yesterday’s introductory note. Here’s transcription of Sam Charters’ lively talk at the 1982 Naropa Kerouac Conference –  on Kerouac and jazz (“Jack and Jazz”) – Mr Charters, it should be noted, is not responsible for the illustrations and the various, sometime random, hyper-links,  but we hope he won’t be too disappointed in them) (And, as a complimentary experience, we  would also recommend David Brent Johnson “Jazz and Jack Kerouac” on his estimable Night Lights series) 

Sam Charters: I was talking last night to Edie Parker, wonderful, beautiful … Read More

Sam Charters – Jack Kerouac’s Jazz – 1 – (Intro)

SAM CHARTERS [Sam Charters]

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] 
 
SC: …what you’ve … Read More

Jazz and the Beat Generation

Jazz and the Beat Generation – from On The Road –  “They ate voraciously as Dean [Neal Cassady], sandwich in hand, stood bowed and jumping before the big phonograph, listening to a wild bop record I had just bought called “The Hunt,” with Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray blowing their tops before a screaming audience that gave the record fantastic frenzied volume.” Allen Ginsberg – on “Howl” “Lester Young, actually, is what I was thinking about. “Howl” is all “Lester Leaps In”. And I got that from Kerouac. Or paid attention to it on account … 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