Charlie Parker: A Centennial Celebration
This month I will be leading a five-part series at The Juilliard School on one of the most important voices of the twentieth century. Few names resonate within the rich jazz tradition with the frequency of the innovator Charlie Parker (1920–55). Parker was an influential soloist and the leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies. His musical contributions represent the highest level of genius and dedication. Parker’s developments were shrouded in an enigmatic personal life that was just as complex as the music he produced. In this course we will discuss the history and investigate the recordings of this musical giant. Classes will be informative and interactive with the goal of providing students with a greater appreciation for the music.
March 10–April 7