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. Note: Parker’s birthday is August 29, 1920.  

Beasley and Lindgren reimagines Parker’s music into 21stcentury orchestral arrangements for big band and strings. The repertoire will include Parker’s compositions and classics from the groundbreaking recordings Bird With StringsandCharlie 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 throughout 2020 and beyond. 

John Beasley              Conductor/Arranger/Piano

Magnus Lindgren      Conductor/Arranger/Woodwinds

Big Band + Strings with Guest Soloists

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TOUR DATES (as of February 21, 2020)

May 24           Stuttgart, Phoenixhalle/Heimspiel – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)     

July 26            Weil am Rhein, Brass Festival – Germany (SWR Big Band)

Aug 26            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            Hamburg – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

Nov 12            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            Osnabrück –OsnabrückHalle – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

Nov 16            Essen – Philharmonie – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

Nov 24            Efurt – Zughafen Kulturbahnbof – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

Nov 25            Munchen – Circus Krone – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

Nov 26            Berlin – Admralspalast – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

Nov 30            Stuttgart – Liederhalle, Hegelsaal – Germany (SWR Big Band + Strings)

TV and Audio Recording 

June 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 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 albums MONK’estraVol 1 + MONK’estra Vol 2, which earned four GRAMMY nominations. Beasley will be releasing a new album MONK’estra Plays John Beasleyin October 2020.

Multi-dimensional tenor sax, clarinet, flute player Magnus Lingrenis 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. 



North America

Myles Weinstein                    Unlimited Myles: myles {at}


Katherine McVicker              Music Works Intl: katherine {at}

Manfred Speit                       AEPlive: manfred.seipt {at}

MANAGER:                           Lorna Chiu: lorna {at}