At cock’s crow on the centenary of Bird’s birth, around the Arhat-like bronze head that honors him in his hometown of Kansas City, African drumming will roust the sun; and in the evening, conjured by the Orchestra Filarmonica Salernitana Giuseppe Verdi and a congeries of Italian jazzmen, Bird’s shade will join those of former denizens Boccaccio and Wagner on the Belvedere of the 12th-century Villa Rufalo in Ravello, overlooking the decidedly un-Kansan Amalfi Coast and the velvet Tyrrhenian Sea. —E.E.
Other Charlie Parker centennial celebrations to note: the Dutch team of Ineke and Postma will launch their new disk at at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis (September 5) and sundry other venues; WKCR, surely the only radio station in the world that devotes a full hour to Bird each weekday, will cap its annual three-day Lester Young-Charlie Parker birthday broadcast (August 27–29) with a five-day Parkerpalooza; the 92nd Street Y will stream a two-day festival of Parker-themed film, art, talk, music, and dance; and New York’s annual Charlie Parker Jazz Festival will go online, offering archival footage and a virtual walking tour of Bird’s old roosts in and around Tompkins Square Park (August 28–29).
Tribute to Charlie Parker on the Centenary of his Birth was featured in the August 29, 2020 issue of Air Mail. Read on