Charlie Parker "Bird Lives @ 100"

Charlie Parker’s Centennial Concert
Bird Lives @ 100
John Beasley + Magnus Lindgren Big Band + Strings


John Beasley + Magnus Lindgren present a concert experience “Bird Lives@100” to mark Charlie “Bird” Parker’s centennial, one of 20th century’s most original and imitated saxophonist and one of the inventors of Be-Bop. Parker’s birthday is August 29, 1920.

Beasley and Lindgren reimagine Parker’s music into 21st century orchestral arrangements for big band and strings. The repertoire will include Parker’s compositions and classics from the groundbreaking recordings Bird With Strings and Charlie Parker with Strings.

Most people alive today have never seen “Bird” in concert nor on film because he died at the young age of 34 on March 12, 1955. Bird Lives @ 100 hopes to extend Bird’s legacy by introducing new and loyal listeners to his musical ingenuity through this evening-length concert, which will tour internationally in 2020/2021.


John Beasley              Conductor/Arranger/Piano

Magnus Lindgren       Conductor/Arranger/Woodwinds with Big Band + Strings with Guest Soloists


TOUR DATES (as of February 21, 2020)

May 24           CANCELLED – Covid-19: Stuttgart, Phoenixhalle/Heimspiel – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
July 26           CANCELLED – Covid-19: Weil am Rhein, Brass Festival – Germany (SWR Big Band)
Aug 26           CANCELLED – Covid-19: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles – USA (MONK’estra Big Band + Strings + Tia Fuller, Chris Potter, Charles McPherson, Donald Harrison)
Sept 22           Bijou Theatre, Tennessee, USA – Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
Nov 11              CANCELLED: Hamburg – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 12             CANCELLED: Dortmund – Konzerthaus – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 13             Stockholm – Blue House Concert Hall – Sweden (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 14             Bielefeld – Oethker Halle – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 15             CANCELLED: Osnabrück –OsnabrückHalle – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 16             CANCELLED: Essen – Philharmonie – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 24            CANCELLED: Efurt – Zughafen Kulturbahnbof – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 25            CANCELLED: Munchen – Circus Krone – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)
Nov 26            CANCELLED: Berlin – Admralspalast – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings
Nov 30            CANCELLED: Stuttgart – Liederhalle, Hegelsaal – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

TV and Audio Recording

July/Aug 2020 – Baden-Baden with SWR Big Band and Strings – Release Date: 2020


John Beasley is an accomplished composer and a distinctive arranger who also works in film and television projects, including “1917” and an upcoming Steven Soderbergh film “Let Them All Talk” featuring his orchestration and conducting skills with his big band MONK’estra. He has earned five GRAMMY nominations for his recordings and an Emmy nomination for “Jazz at the White House”. Beasley’s arranging skills find no better showcase than his trilogy of albums MONK’estra Vol 1Vol 2 and  MONK’estra plays John Beasley, which earned six GRAMMY nominations. 

Multi-dimensional tenor sax, clarinet, flute player Magnus Lindgren is a gifted composer and arranger for a large range of musical genres whether for small jazz combos, big bands, choirs, integration between classical orchestra and jazz group, folk and world music. He is a recording artist and also artist-in-residence for Stuttgart’s SWR Big Band. First-call arranger and conductor, Lindgren has worked with many European big bands, including, Stockholm’s Blue House Orchestra, Germany’s WDR and HR big bands.


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