Charlie Parker Memorial Concert

When the Bird flew this earthly coop in tragedy and self-destruction at the age of 35, there was little doubt on the scene that he had left a legacy that would be felt in the jazz world for generations to come. Although 2005 marks the 50th anniversary of his death, Parker still remains one of the most influential jazz artists in history — required listening for any student of the art and a near-impossible standard for any professional who dares to take to the bandstand today. This year’s annual Charlie Parker Memorial Concert at the Gem is an all-star tribute that features a number of former Parker sidemen, all elder statesmen and legends in their own right but certainly aware that they always will be students of this jazz giant’s craft.

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