'Charlie Parker’s Yardbird,' the “jazz opera” concerning the life and death of influential 20th century saxophonist Charlie Parker, will make its Midwest debut next season at Madison Opera.
Charlie "Yardbird" Parker and the biographical opera about his life, "Yardbird," are set to sing again. It's been announced by Opera Philadelphia will take its jazz production across the way to New York's Apollo Theater on April 1 and 3.
Verve Records, the once posh label for jazz makers who played classic songs from George Gershwin, Cole Porter and the other Great American Songbook contributors, has been absorbed by Interscope Geffen A&M, the home of Eminem, Lady Gaga and several other "in your face" acts.
In the movie "Whiplash," Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) tells a young Miles Teller a story about how Charlie Parker almost got decapitated by a crash cymbal when he messed up on stage. Perhaps Freddie Hubbard should've thrown a cymbal at a heckling white audience instead of the phrase "Jive Motherf***er."
A tap-dancing legend, though you may not have heard of him, Baby Laurence comes almost as an enigma, blowing in on the tips of his feet, tapping with a sincere airy-foot.
The City Parks Foundation and Summerstage is excited to announce the next installment in the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, founded in memoriam of jazz giant Charlie "Yardbird" Parker. The festival will kick off in Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on August 23 and Tompkins Square Park on August 24.
The 18th and Vine area may be slow to renovation but the latest project in creating a Jazz Walk of Fame should be a tangible way to generate some much-needed tourism.
Developed by Joseph Pleass and a team at Dentaku design studio in London, this little board that fits in your pocket is called the Ototo and combines a synthesizer with twelve touch-sensitive keys arranged like a piano.
Saxophone colossus Charlie Parker may finally get his operatic light. Opera Philadelphia has commissioned a "be-bopera" from Daniel Schnyder, and we are just too excited for that.
They may not have been my words (and they may not be anyone else's), but when a musician releases new material, he or she would hope said album, track, poster or paperback is an "event." While most fall short in pulling the rep needed to accomplish such a feat of verbiage, in the case of Wayne Kramer, his newest release, LEXINGTON will surely be an "event," indeed.
So, in an effort to keep all you Classicalites abreast of each and every situation, we'll be trawling the web for the best headlines--those stories, those people making the biggest waves.
Here, then, is today's news.