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 ):
[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:
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]