News featuring Charlie Parker

The following news stories mention Charlie Parker. Stories are compiled from a hand-picked selection of popular music news sites based in Great Britain, Europe and the United States. Updated within the last hour.

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Monday 7th April

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Wednesday 19th March

  • Joe Mudele obituary

    Jazz bassist who was a founding member of the modern jazz movement in the UK

    The jazz bassist Joe Mudele, who has died aged 93, was a founding member of the modern jazz movement in Britain and later a session and studio stalwart. With the tenor-saxophonist Ronnie Scott, the drummer Tony Crombie and the alto-saxophonist Johnny Dankworth – among others – he became part of the famed Club Eleven collective, a group of enthusiasts who had heard prime movers of bebop such as Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie at close quarters in New York during their stopovers between Atlantic crossings as ship's musicians.

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’14 Mar 3 Mon

Monday 3rd March

  • 'We wanted to kick ass'

    He was the fearless Detroit protopunk who terrified America with his band the MC5 – and saw busts and jail as all part of a revolutionary's lot. So what's John Sinclair doing today? Writing jazz poetry in Amsterdam

    I meet John Sinclair in a canalside coffeeshop in Amsterdam, where the vibes are mellow, the air perfumed, and the soundtrack a stream of vintage rock songs of the more laidback kind. Compared to slightly self-conscious young pot tourists skinning up at a nearby table, Sinclair seems utterly relaxed, an ageing hippy blissfully at home in a city that still retains some of the libertarian values he fought so hard for – a fight that cost him his liberty at the tail end of the 1960s.

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’14 Feb 23 Sun

Sunday 23rd February

  • 'People ask me where I've been for 18 years'

    On the cutting edge of pop in the 80s and 90s, the singer paved the way for today's sassy female stars. Now she's back with her first solo album in two decades

    Neneh Cherry is aware of the fashionable notion that everything is better in Scandinavia. "I don't know how Denmark got voted the happiest country in the world," she grins, hanging out of the window for a smoke. "How do you measure that? How do you gauge the happiest nation? Unless you're basing it on some weird, scary sense of contentment." The word seems to spook her out a bit. 

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’14 Jan 30 Thu

Thursday 30th January

’14 Jan 22 Wed

Wednesday 22nd January

  • Scott Joplin's Ragtime gets its dues

    1973's The Sting took it global, but there's more to ragtime music than that film's Keystone Kops crazy-chase soundtrack

    Reading on mobile? Click here to listen to The Maple Leaf Rag played by Scott Joplin

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Saturday 11th January

’13 Dec 29 Sun

Sunday 29th December

  • Herb Geller obituary

    Creative American jazz saxophonist, composer and arranger who made his home in Hamburg, Germany

    The American jazz saxophonist Herb Geller, who has died aged 85, had a career of two halves. Initially, he was prominent among the musicians who created the west coast jazz style, picking up combo gigs and recording dates with the best players in California. Later, after the death of his first wife, he relocated to Europe and established himself as a salaried artist in a subsidised orchestra, lauded by the authorities in his adopted home city of Hamburg as both a teacher and a performer.

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’13 Nov 26 Tue

Tuesday 26th November

  • Chico Hamilton obituary

    Highly individual American drummer, bandleader and jazz visionary who toured with Lena Horne in the 1950s

    A hundred years into its evolution, jazz incorporates ethnic and European classical instruments, drum machines and DJs spinning decks. A half-century or so ago, hardware habits were more cut and dried. A jazz big band had trumpets, trombones, saxes and a rhythm section. A small band had a rhythm section, a sax and trumpet, with maybe a guitar or a vibraphone. One that featured a (very quiet) guitarist, a flute or clarinet, a cellist, and a drummer who preferred mallets to sticks seemed like a strange beast in the jazz forest.

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’13 Nov 20 Wed

Wednesday 20th November

  • Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker by Stanley Crouch – review

    Richard Williams on a pungent life of the jazz saxophonist, told from a black perspective

    Anyone intending to write a proper biography of Charlie Parker must eventually get to grips with the nature of genius itself. Very late in this, the first of two long-awaited volumes on the life of the great modern jazz saxophonist, Stanley Crouch comes close to the matter during a conversation with William "Biddy" Fleet, an obscure guitarist with whom Parker shared experiments in music after his arrival in New York in 1938, while still in his teens and groping his way towards his own style and a new conception of what jazz might become. "The thing I loved about Bird (Parker)," Fleet tells the author, "is this: he wasn't one of those who's got to write something down, go home, study on it, and the next time we meet, we'll try it out. Anything anyone did…

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