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 less than 21390 hours ago.

’15 Jul 1 Wed

Wednesday 1st July

  • Taking to the sea for a hit of jazz heroes | Letter

    Tim Jonze writes about British pop singers who sailed the transatlantic liners to bring rock to this country (The sailors who taught Britain how to rock’n’roll, G2, 1 July), apparently without noticing that this trade had been going on since the 1940s among jazz musicians. It was how people including Ronnie Scott and Johnny (as he then was) Dankworth heard the early bop pioneers like Charlie Parker during their shore leave in New York. The British dance band leader Geraldo frequently worked the liners for Cunard, and many jazz musicians put up with having to play for strict tempo dancers on the ships just so they could hear the new music at first hand: his band was often referred to as Geraldo’s Navy for that reason.

    Dr Richard Carter

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’15 Jun 7 Sun

Sunday 7th June

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Tuesday 21st April

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Thursday 2nd April

’15 Mar 3 Tue

Tuesday 3rd March

  • Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls

    A hard-edged evocation of the free blues spirit of Charlie Parker by a modern saxophonist with the spirit to get Bird right.

    Jazz looks forward very well. If playing and improvising with a personal sound and genuine feeling are the hallmarks of the music, then a great musician is always firmly in the moment, not looking backward. And because the music demands so much and moves pulsingly, dancingly through time, jazz players are always a step ahead. Rudresh Mahanthappa is a forward-thinker, to be sure. His playing is ripe with feeling and never sounds like a string…

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’15 Feb 18 Wed

Wednesday 18th February

  • The Pop Group: 'If people think we’re full of shit, they should come and tell us'

    The post-punk experimenters return with their first album in 35 years on 23 February. This week’s Rock’s Backpages revisits their March 1979 Sounds interview with Peter Silverton, first published before the release of their debut album, Y

    • The Pop Group announce first album in 35 years
    • Sean O’Hagan on the Pop Group’s enduring live dynamism in 2010

    When I walked in the room, they were all dancing. Eric Dolphy wheezed from the speakers like an asthmatic who’d just snorted up five Benzedrex inhalers in one go. And the horde danced on, half a dozen or so bodies flicking their limbs around in a late-’70s variant of zoot suit be-bopping. The ghost of Charlie Parker’s exhausted frame lives on in Bristol, carefully tended by the Pop Group and their Saturday morning constitutional.

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’15 Feb 8 Sun

Sunday 8th February

’15 Jan 29 Thu

Thursday 29th January

  • Bone music: the Soviet bootleg records pressed on x-rays

    In 50s Soviet Union, western records such as Rock Around the Clock and Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy were banned. But intrepid music lovers found a way to defy the authorities by making bootleg pressings on discarded x-rays

    In 1952, Morris Levy – who conducted the day-to-day running of Charlie Parker’s Birdland – decided the New York club needed a sonic calling card, a theme tune ambiguous enough to sound like a love song, but that could run out into the world and trumpet the low-lit glamour of a venue frequented by Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich. Sixty-three years later, the measure of its success is trilling out of the speakers, via Leningrad, at a Bloomsbury gallery space. Ella Fitzgerald’s Lullaby of Birdland sounds both utterly familiar and yet distant and ghostly – as if heard from across a street being pummelled by torrential rain. Cast your eyes on the…

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’14 Nov 30 Sun

Sunday 30th November

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Sunday 24th August

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