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Celebrating Bird at 100

August 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Charlie Parker NOW’S THE TIME “A Conversation With Music” 

Giddins talks with Grammy Award-winning tenor sax legend Joe Lovano, who has said, “[Bird’s] fresh and beautiful approach to the art of improvising fuels everything I do in music” … and three outstanding alto players: Charles McPherson, who played Charlie Parker’s solos in Clint Eastwood’s film Bird, the electrifying young Downbeat Critics Poll winner Grace Kelly, and Antonio Hart, about whom The New York Times wrote, “The styles of the masters of his instrument—Parker, Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges—flash through his playing like deft literary allusions.” They discuss Parker’s groundbreaking artistry and legacy, bringing personal reflections and distinct perspectives on the bebop giant, all supported by iconic recordings and historic footage. Each artist then performs one of Parker’s landmark compositions. A Charlie Parker Centennial celebration not to be missed!

Featuring jazz sax masters Charles McPherson, Joe Lovano, Grace Kelly, and Antonio Hart

Hosted by Gary Giddins


Charlie Parker's 100 birthday banner

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Founded 145 years ago to serve the Jewish people, 92nd Street Y promotes individual and family development and participation in civic life within the context of Jewish values and American pluralism. As a nonprofit community and cultural center, 92nd Street Y seeks to create, provide and disseminate programs of distinction that foster the physical and mental health of human beings throughout their lives, their educational and spiritual growth, and their enjoyment. 92nd Street Y reaches out beyond its core constituency of American Jews to serve people of diverse racial, religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, seeking partnerships that leaven our programs and broaden our influence.




August 29, 2020
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT