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The Career Of Charlie Parker

Dec 15, 2013

Jazz Unlimited for December will be "The Career of Charlie Parker.”  Saxophonist Charlie Parker is one of the most important musicians of the 20th century in any genre.  His phrasing and use of advanced harmony changed music in ways that are being still explored today.  Parker’s music was not a revolution from the swing styles of music and when playing with such players, fit elegantly into what they were doing.  His favorite “licks” or short phrases are heard everywhere, for example, in film music and bluegrass violin music.  In addition to Parker, Jay McShann, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Byas, Dexter Gordon, Lester Young, Bud Powell and Fats Navarro.  Also featured will be a 1954 interview of Charlie Parker by Dave Brubeck’s alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond.

The Slide Show shows two of my photographs of three of the musicians heard in tonight's show.

The Archive of this show will be available until the morning of December 23, 2013

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This is a 1950 video of Charlie Parker (as) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Hank Jones (p) Ray Brown (b) and Buddy Rich (d) playing Ballade and Celebrity.