About this Performance
Dave Brubeck and Charlie Parker are two treasured legends in the history of jazz. On this unforgettable night, the Bowl pays tribute to them both with a pair of centennial celebrations.
California native Dave Brubeck and his Quartet pioneered West Coast jazz with a style that was loose and open, adventurous but calm, and held together by Brubeck’s precise piano playing. Over his six-decade career, Brubeck’s artistry and innovation won him nearly every award a musician can win – including Kennedy Center Honors, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy®, and the National Medal of the Arts – but by incorporating rhythms he encountered abroad and making his music more complex, he also made jazz more accessible to wide audience, with his seminal 1959 album Time Out becoming the first jazz album to sell a million copies.
While the otherworldly complexity, inventiveness, and speed of Charlie Parker’s playing had fundamentally changed the way generations of jazz players approached the saxophone, he always wanted to record an album with an orchestra.
Alongside John Beasley’s four-time-Grammy-nominated big band MONK’estra, as well as a string section, John Beasley and Magnus Lindgren present freshly rearranged takes on Parker’s classics – proving the man they called Bird is still changing how we think about jazz.See other concerts in this series
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