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The only child of Charles and Addie Parker, Charlie Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940’s. When Parker was still a child, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where jazz, blues and gospel music were flourishing. His first contact with music came from school, where he played baritone horn with the school’s band. When he was 15, he showed a great interest in music and a love for the alto saxophone. Soon, Parker was playing with local bands until 1935, when he left school to pursue a music career. From 1935 to 1939, Parker worked in Kansas City with several local jazz and blues bands from which he developed his art


The Birth of Bop

Label: Craft Recordings
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Birth Of Bop, Volume 1: Charlie Parker: Romance Without Finance; Dexter Gordon: Dexter’s Minor Mad; J. J. Johnson: Jay Bird; Milt Jackson: Hearing Bells; Leo Parker: Chase ’N’ Lion (Chase’n The Lion); Stan Getz: Stan's Mood

The Birth Of Bop, Volume 2: Fats Navarro: Hollerin’ And Screamin’ (Fatso); Allen Eager: Church Mouse; Kai Winding: Always; Don Byas: Byas A Drink; J. J. Johnson: Jay Jay; Dexter Gordon: Long Tall Dexter.

The Birth Of Bop, Volume 3: Budd Johnson: Little Benny (King Kong); J. J. Johnson: Mad Be Bop; Milt Jackson: Bubu; Leo Parker: Solitude; Stan Getz: Don’t Worry ’Bout Me; Fats Navarro: Maternity (Lard Pot).

The Birth Of Bop, Volume 4: Allen Eager: Donald Jay; Kai Winding: Saxon; Budd Johnson: Dee Dee’s Dance; J. J. Johnson: Coppin’ The Bop; Milt Jackson: Junior; Dexter Gordon: Dexter Digs In.

The Birth Of Bop, Volume 5: Allen Eager: Unmeditated; Leo Parker: The Lion’s Roar (Lion Roars); Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis: Stealin’ Trash; Roy Porter: Pete’s Beat; Serge Chaloff: Pumpernickel; Morris Lane: Blowin’ For Kicks.


The Long Lost Bird Live Afro-CuBop Recordings

Label: Liberation Hall
Released: 2023
Track listing: Dizzy Atmosphere; A Night in Tunisia; Groovin' High; Confirmation; Lament for Congo; Mambo Fortunado; Salt Peanuts; Leo the Lion; Cuban Holiday; Lemon Drop; The Goof and I; Leo the Lion II; Night and Day; My Funny Valentine; Cherokee; On the Alamo; Manteca; A Short One


At Birdland 1950 Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Wahoo; ‘Round Midnight; This Time The Dream’s On Me; Dizzy Atmosphere; A Night In Tunisia; Move; The Street Beat; Out Of Nowhere; Ornithology; I’ll Remember April; 52nd Street Theme; Cool Blues; 52nd Street Theme.


Live Revisited

Label: Ezz-thetics
Released: 2023
Track listing: Bebop; A Night In Tunisia; Groovin’ High; Salt Peanuts; Hot House; Fifty Second Street Theme; A Night In Tunisia; Dizzy Atmosphere; Groovin’ High; Confirmation; Koko; Blue ‘N’ Boogie; Anthropology; ‘Round Midnight; A Night In Tunisia.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ray Gallon, Larry Young, Rachel Eckroth & Vince Guaraldi

Read "Ray Gallon, Larry Young, Rachel Eckroth & Vince Guaraldi" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We are kicking off the 2023 holiday season and the 830th Episode of Neon Jazz in style with Vince Guaraldi leading the march of a never-before-released Charle Brown Thanksgiving. From there, we get into a host of tasty jazz from Rachel Eckroth, Janet Evra and Maria Grapsa. We also get some perennial music from heavyweights Petros ...


Article: Album Review

Geri Allen and Kurt Rosenwinkel: A Lovesome Thing

Read "A Lovesome Thing" reviewed by Dave Linn

This year the jazz gods have bestowed an early Christmas present upon us. A Lovesome Thing (truncated from the Billy Strayhorn composition which opens the album), is a seven-song, fifty-three-minute album which documents a remarkable live duo performance from Geri Allen and Kurt Rosenwinkel. It will likely be found on many Top Ten lists this year. ...


Article: Live Review

Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX

Read "Bill Charlap Trio at Jazz, TX" reviewed by Katchie Cartwright

Bill Charlap Trio Jazz, TX San Antonio, Texas November 14, 2023 Back in March 2020, the Bill Charlap Trio featuring Peter Washington and Kenny Washington was the last act hosted by Jazz, TX before the pandemic shut everything down. They made a deep impression, and--nearly four years later--the club was ...

Article: Album Review

Lakecia Benjamin: Phoenix

Read "Phoenix" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

A dodici anni dal debutto funk di Retox e dopo il sentito omaggio a John e Alice Coltrane di tre anni fa (Pursuance: The Coltranes) la sassofonista newyorchese realizza il disco della prima maturità, dimostrando di saper padroneggiare le molte influenze assimilate dall'infanzia. Influenze che partono dalla musica latina che ascoltava nel quartiere di Washington Heights ...

Article: Live Review

John Scofield Trio al Roma Jazz Festival

Read "John Scofield Trio al Roma Jazz Festival" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

John Scofield Trio Auditorium Parco della Musica Roma Jazz Festival 2023 Roma 2.11.2023 La nuova edizione del Roma Jazz Festival si è aperta con il trio del chitarrista John Scofield, attualmente in tour per la presentazione del suo nuovo album di fresca pubblicazione, Uncle John's Band, registrato durante l'estate ...


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