WRTI Spotlight
12:07 pm
Wed November 5, 2008

WRTI Presents Charlie Parker Documentary on November 9


Tune in on Sunday, November 9 from 2 to 2:30 pm for Charlie Parker and His Philadelphia Connections, a documentary about the great alto saxophonist and jazz icon Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and his Philly ties during the late '40s and early '50s.?

In Bird's short life (he was only 34 years old when he died in 1955), he became one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz and a leading figure in the development of bebop. Learn about his local ties when Bob Perkins interviews musicians who played with him in the Philadelphia area, and others who were acquainted with him.

In addition, you're invited to join our "BP with the GM" at the Philadelphia Clef Club on November 15th as Lifeline Music Coalition and the William T. King Charitable Foundation host a live presentation of the documentary, featuring commentary by a variety of Philadelphia natives who knew Charlie Parker back in the day. Speakers include drummer Earl Curry, band leader Leon Mitchell, and vocalist Wendy Simon.

There will also be live music provided by the Sherry Butler Quartet, the Elliot Levin Ensemble, the Philadelphia Clef Club Youth Band, and Warren Oree and the Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble. Join BP for this potpourri of entertainment.

Check out Jazz Up, Down, and Around?Taking Jazz In All Directions at the Philadelphia Clef Club on Saturday, November 15th, from 3 to 8 pm. A live presentation of Bob Perkins' documentary Charlie Parker and His Philadelphia Connections will take place at 4:30 pm.