Charlie Parker

Elected to the Hall of Fame
1955 Readers Poll

Charlie Parker's news entries:

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    Bassist Christian McBride (left), saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Brian Blade and pianist Brad Mehldau reconvened in the studio after more than two decades for RoundAgain.

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    A four-disc Charles Mingus set is a highlight of our seasonal shopping guide for music fanatics.

    The DownBeat 2020 Gift Guide

    If you’re shopping for gifts this holiday season, DownBeat has got you covered with our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide.

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    Charlie Parker: The Mercury & Clef 10-Inch LP Collection (Verve/UMe) is just one of the releases coinciding with Bird’s centennial.

    Unbridled Bird

    Charlie Parker’s alto saxophone remains one of the most recognizable sounds in the history of recorded jazz, even 65…

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    Miles Davis is among the artists whose LPs will be sold as part of Record Store Day drops. Legacy will release Double Image: Rare Miles From The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions on Oct. 24.

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    Jimmy Cobb (1929–2020)

    Drummer Jimmy Cobb Dies at 91

    Drummer Jimmy Cobb—famous for a discography that includes appearances on numerous Miles Davis albums, including…

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    Z2 Comics plans to publish the graphic novel Chasin’ The Bird: Charlie Parker in California on Sept. 8.

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    Richie Cole (1948–2020)

    Saxophonist Richie Cole Dies At 72

    Richie Cole, a renowned saxophonist who was championed by DownBeat early in his career and whose passion for bebop-era…

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    Charlie Parker (1920–’55)

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    William P. Gottlieb/Ira and Leonore S. Gershwin Fund Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress

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    Gary Bartz (left), Vincent Herring and Bobby Watson perform at the New York club Smoke, where they recorded Bird At 100, a tribute to saxophonist Charlie Parker.

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    Charlie Parker (1920–1955)

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    The Afterlife, by the trio The Comet Is Coming, will be available on Friday, Nov. 29, as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday retail event.

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    Before she staked her claim on the Central Avenue jazz scene in Los Angeles, trumpeter Clora Bryant was a featured soloist in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

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    Anthony Braxton performs at a 1993 gig that yielded some of the material on Sextet (Parker) 1993.

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    Lawrence Brownlee as the title character in Charlie Parker’s YARDBIRD

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    Members of the Mutual Musicians Foundation attend the dedication of the Musicians Association Building in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1930.

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    The new album Unheard Bird includes 58 previously unrleased studio takes that saxophonist Charlie Parker recorded in the periof of 1949–’52.

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    Ella Fitzgerald is one of the classic jazz artists whose albums will be reissued by Verve in 2016.



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