Charlie Parker "Bird Lives @ 100"
Charlie Parker’s Centennial Project
“Bird Lives @ 100” (big band + strings)
John Beasley + Magnus Lindgren present a concert experience “Bird Lives@100” to mark the centennial of one of 20th century’s most original and imitated saxophonist and one of the inventors of Be-Bop, Charlie “Bird” Parker. Parker’s birthday is August 29, 1920.
Beasley and Lindgren re-imagines Parker’s music into 21st century orchestral arrangements with big band + strings. The repertoire will include classics from the Charlie Parker With Strings albums.
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. This project hopes to extend Bird’s legacy by introducing new and loyal listeners to the genius of his music through a global concert tour and a visual + digital recording.
Concert Tour: 2020 and beyond:
May: Germany with SWR Big Band
August: Los Angeles with MONK’estra big band + Guest Artists: Charles McPherson, Chris Potter, Tia Fuller, Donald Harrison
September 22: Knoxville with Knoxville Jazz Orchestra
November: Sweden + Germany with SWR Big Band …more dates coming
Recording and TV taping:
Featuring SWR Big Band + strings (Germany)
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’estra (Vol 1 + Vol 2), each of which received two GRAMMY nominations. Beasley will be releasing his new album “MONK’estra Plays John Beasley” in October 2020.
Multi-dimensional tenor sax, clarinet, flute player Magnus Lingren 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 SWR Big Band, Stuttgart, Germany. Beasley met and worked with Lingren in Russia at 2017’s International Jazz Day gala concert, which gathers a cast of internationally renowned jazz artists. Since then, Beasley created an original show Jazz Across Continents with Lingren for the Blue House Orchestra in Stockholm.
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