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Bird Alive: Charlie Parker

As the messiah of modern bop, Charlie Parker was one of the first jazz musicians to be recorded widely in live settings.

As the messiah of modern bop, Charlie Parker was one of the first jazz musicians to be recorded widely in live settings. On this program, in honor of the 84th anniversary of his birth, we’ll feature music from Bird’s performances with Bud Powell, Fats Navarro, Charles Mingus, Roy Haynes, and other leading lights of late-1940s and early-1950s jazz, including an impromptu “Well You Needn’t” with Thelonious Monk and a live with-strings appearance at New York City’s Rockland Palace.

Air date: August 28, 2004.

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