Charlie Parker http://wrti.org en An Opera About... Charlie Parker? http://wrti.org/post/opera-about-charlie-parker <p></p> Mon, 19 May 2014 15:17:56 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 7300 at http://wrti.org An Opera About... Charlie Parker? Opera Philadelphia Gives Us: "The Bird" http://wrti.org/post/opera-philadelphia-gives-us-bird <p></p><p>Whenever Charlie Parker played a solo, you knew you'd feel good by the end. Opera Philadelphia is jumping off an even higher dive - an opera about the celebrated saxophonist, titled<a href="http://www.operaphila.org/production/charlie-parkers-yardbird" target="_blank"> <em><strong>Charlie Parker's Yardbird</strong></em> </a>that the Philadelphia Inquirer's David Patrick Stearns reports will bring many unexpected things to the Perelman Theater at its 2015 premiere.&nbsp;</p><p>http://youtu.be/eAQg-55tZxg</p><p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:17:57 +0000 David Patrick Stearns 6981 at http://wrti.org Opera Philadelphia Gives Us: "The Bird" ICON: The Jazz Scene http://wrti.org/post/icon-jazz-scene <p><strong>ORGAN-IZING: </strong>In keeping with Philadelphia’s contribution to jazz through the years, it must be mentioned that the city and surrounding areas are also known for producing some of the finest jazz organ players in history. The most famous of them all, Jimmy Smith, was born in Norristown. Joey DeFrancesco, a native Philadelphian, helped put the Hammond B-3 organ back on the map. And who can forget area natives like Richard “Groove” Holmes and Trudy Pitts? Organist Dan Fogel has been at it for a long time, despite trends and ups and downs in jazz organ popularity. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 19:11:29 +0000 Bruce Klauber 6935 at http://wrti.org ICON: The Jazz Scene The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music http://wrti.org/post/birth-bird-young-charlie-parker-found-focus-faith-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15119268/charlie-parker" target="_blank">Charlie "Bird" Parker</a> was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In his brief life, Parker created a new sound on the alto saxophone and spearheaded a revolution in harmony and improvisation that pushed popular music from the swing era to bebop and modern jazz.<p>In <em>Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker</em>, scholar and author Stanley Crouch tells the story of Parker's early years and his rise to prominence. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Tom Vitale 6593 at http://wrti.org The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music Bob Perkins Recommends...Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes http://wrti.org/post/bob-perkins-recommendscharlie-parker-strings-master-takes <p>Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie have been credited with changing the face of jazz in the mid 1940s. They kicked it up a notch, and ushered in an era known as "modern jazz" - which some dubbed "bebop."
<br><br>Amazingly, Parker was only widely known for about a decade before he died in 1955 at the age of 34. He accomplished great fame while living a self-destructive lifestyle, which included frequent use of controlled substances and consumption of hard liquor. But despite living on the edge, his genius shined through.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 21:56:00 +0000 Bob Perkins 2485 at http://wrti.org Bob Perkins Recommends...Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes