Live-streamed and recorded for on-demand playback
Friday, April 9, 2021 at 8 p.m.
(Limited in-theatre seating available Starting April 2 at www.CBUSArts.com)
On-Demand viewing on www.JAG.tv: Saturday, April 10 – Sunday, April 18, 2021
Jazz Arts Group celebrates the music of saxophonist Charlie Parker in his 100th year with NYC-based, rising star saxophonist Alexa Tarantino along with standout Columbus Jazz Orchestra saxophonists Michael Cox, Pete Mills and Shawn Wallace, and trumpeter Dwight Adams. Longtime CJO bassist Chris Berg anchors the lineup along with Marion Felder on drums and show-stopping Julliard-trained, Columbus-based pianist Micah Thomas.
The music for Bird Lives! includes selections from Charlie Parker’s Grammy Award Hall of Fame recording “Bird with Strings.” We are excited to partner with members of the McConnell Arts Center Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Antoine J. Clark and featuring Devin Copfer, Violin I; Ella Pittsford, Violin II; Elizabeth Mandić-Nowac, Violin III, Meagan Cramm, Viola; Jane Van Voorhis, Cello; Brad Walsh, Oboe & English Horn; and Tiffany Jones, Harp.
Charlie Parker’s association with the great Dizzy Gillespie will be celebrated with a grand finale jam session in the spirit of the famed Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts created by jazz impresario Norman Granz. This year marks the 75th anniversary of Granz’s Jazz at the Philharmonic event that featured the towering triumvirate of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Lester Young.