Charlie Parker was a true phenomenon—his saxophone playing was so amazing that it’s hard to believe that he existed. He was an innovative composer. At the same time, he was a deeply troubled person who died at the age of 34. In two hours, jazz pianist and historian Lewis Porter will take you through the world of “Bird”—his artistic development as a performer and composer—including some rare recordings and some of Parker’s few filmed appearances. Even if you are a Parker fanatic, there will be things here that will be new and startling to you.
Lewis Porter, P.h.D., is a pianist and composer on 33 albums with Dave Liebman, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, and many others. He has also performed in Lexington with Liebman, Carrington, Joe Lovano and Jerry Bergonzi, as well as two-piano concerts with Vijay Iyer and with Ethan Iverson. He is a celebrated author, researcher, and educator, with many awards and a Grammy nomination.