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Flea Shreds National Anthem on Bass, With Some Special Charlie Parker Riffs for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Click here to read the full article. Flea busted out a Los Angeles Lakers bass guitar and some incredibly fancy fretwork for his latest performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Lakers’ home game against the Denver Nuggets on Sunday, April 3. The performance had a little bit of Jimi Hendrix-style blown-out insanity, but as Flea noted on Instagram, he also slipped in some deep jazz references for Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “I was so happy to have had a brief conversation with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar before I walked out there,” Flea wrote. “Knowing Kareem’s deep love for, and knowledge of jazz,...
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Jason Moran Talks Charlie Parker And Denver Jazz’s Storied Past

Music tells a story. Generally, this story is told through dissecting lyrics, reading history books or hearing firsthand from the artist. However, jazz virtuoso and visual artist, Jason Moran, has captured the art of storytelling by painting with his fingers across the piano keys. Moran is an internationally acclaimed jazz...
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Charlie Parker Named Regional Vice President for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai announces the promotion of Charlie Parker to Regional Vice President and General Manager. A skilled leader whose global career with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts spans 26 years, Parker brings a breadth of luxury hospitality experience and knowledge to his new role, which maintains his responsibilities at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai and will also oversee operations at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
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Charlie Parker – Bird In LA – Universal Music Group

It’s always a celebration when unreleased Charlie Parker music is unearthed. Charlie Parker – Bird In LA – Verve Records/Universal Music Group B0029739-02 RSD Black Friday special edition 4-LP boxed set, 151:35 ****:. (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie; Milt Jackson ; Miles Davis – complete list of musicians...

Charlie Parker – Bird in LA (Verve)

As Dean Benedetti’s endlessly fascinating recordings have shown, even the lowest-fi performances of bebop pioneer Charlie Parker are worth investigation. Now, the somewhat higher-fi Bird in LA can be added to the canon of necessary Parker works. Featuring 28 tracks on two CDs, this recent Black Friday release compiles largely stellar artifacts from three of his stints in California, spanning 1945 to 1952. Given the unofficial origins of much of the music, the sound is more than listenable, and usually greatly superior to the Benedetti recordings. Sources include club dates, studio work, concert performances and a party at a ranch in Altadena, which must have been a pretty decadent affair, judging from the crowd noise accompanying the music.

Charlie Parker: a Beginner's Guide to Bird

On 29 August 2020, Charlie Parker turned 100. Like his esteemed contemporaries, Dizzy Gillespie and Art Blakey (who both died in the early 1990s), he is now officially a jazz museum exhibit, filed under the heading of ‘bebop’. Except that Parker, despite dying at the age of 34, is still alive and sounding free as a Bird, for those who care to listen.
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Book review: Charlie Parker gets some help from his friends

For the Jacksonville Florida Times-Union USA TODAY NETWORK. John Connolly's latest crime thriller, “The Nameless Ones,” is a real treat for fans of the Charlie Parker series. Parker only has a couple of cameo scenes in this one, which allows his friends, Louis and Angel, to take center stage. De...

Charlie Parker ‘changed the language of jazz.’ Learn about his legacy with local events.

If you’re not yet a fan of jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker, spend a few minutes with UNC Charlotte professor Will Campbell. “His virtuosic approach to the saxophone was unmatched,” Campbell said. “The great jazz bass player Ray Brown once told me there were people who played jazz really well, people who played the blues really well and people who had wonderful tone on their instrument. But Charlie Parker did it all — and he did it better than anyone else.”

Photos: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival 2021

Bird's 101st birthday was celebrated with three days of performances at New York's Marcus Garvey Park. For its 28th edition, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival—presented as part of the New York City Parks Foundation’s SummerStage concert series—returned to Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem for three days (August 27-29). This year it celebrated bebop pioneer Parker’s 101st birthday. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the centennial fest had been all-virtual; all 2021 attendees had to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result. As expected, there were alto saxophonists aplenty: Antonio Hart, Gary Bartz, Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson (the latter three shared a stage), Donald Harrison, Sarah Hanahan, Godwin Louis, Erena Terakubo, and Justin Robinson, among others. But that was far from all the festival had to offer. Other performers included drummer Willie Jones III, pianist Dave Kikoski, vocalists Shenel Johns and Samara Joy, and the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, which joined Harrison and Johns for a set paying tribute to the 1949 and 1950 Charlie Parker with Strings recordings on the Verve label. Photographer Alan Nahigian was in the crowd for each of the three days and came back with these images of a jazz scene—and a city—returning to life.