The most important innovator in jazz was saxophonist Charlie Parker, born in 1920. His centennial will be celebrated by an all-star band of exponents of his music.
There is only one individual who unquestionably revolutionized jazz, taking it from the bouncy, danceable Swing Era to searing Bebop. That was Kansas City-born alto saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker. His impact on the emerging art form was astounding and breathtaking, creating an extraordinary improvisational style and even an iconoclastic lifestyle that changed music and individual expression forever. A quintet of beboppers led by tenor saxophonist Javon Jackson features the incendiary Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, pianist George Cables, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer McClenty Hunter. This will be a swinging evening!