Charlie Parker

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'He'll make your head explode': sax stars on the genius and tragedy of Charlie Parker
He was nicknamed Bird and he soared in his music – if not in his life. For the centenary of the saxophonist who redefined jazz, today’s players reveal how his dizzying speed and spirituality changed their lives

Interviews by Kate Hutchinson

18, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Peter King obituary
Brilliant British jazz saxophonist and composer inspired by Charlie Parker

John Fordham

06, Sep, 2020 @5:07 PM

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The Passion of Charlie Parker review – Madeleine Peyroux and friends sing Bird songs

John Lewis

06, Jul, 2017 @5:30 PM

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Charlie Parker's Yardbird review – beauty, anger and poetry, but the jazz great's genius eludes us
Daniel Schnyder’s ambitious classical-jazz fusion opera features a remarkable central performance from tenor Lawrence Brownlee

Tim Ashley

10, Jun, 2017 @5:28 PM

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The Bird in my hand: my journey to Charlie Parker
Bridgette Wimberly’s uncle so idolised his jazz-legend friend that he took up the saxophone – and copied his heroin use. Now she’s written the libretto for an opera about the musician her grandmother said was the devil incarnate

Bridgette Wimberly

06, Jun, 2017 @5:00 AM

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Jazz snobbery is not all in the (male) genes | Letters
Letters: Jazz snobs can be women too. I’ve been one since I was a teenager


27, Jan, 2017 @6:51 PM

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Why music is the beating heart of my poetry
CLiPPA nominated poet John Lyons grew up in Trinidad in the 1930s and 40s where singing and telling stories were as natural a part of his life as breathing. Now in his 80s, here’s why music still helps him go with the flow and might help you too

John Lyons

14, Jun, 2016 @9:30 AM

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Billy Paul obituary
American singer who scored a massive hit with the soul classic Me and Mrs Jones

Dave Laing

25, Apr, 2016 @3:55 PM

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The playlist: Christmas jazz – Billie Holiday, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and more
A festive 10-song special, from White Christmas and an all-star version of Winter Wonderland to a capricious take on Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

John Fordham

15, Dec, 2015 @3:07 PM

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Taking to the sea for a hit of jazz heroes | Letter
Letter: People including Ronnie Scott and Johnny (as he then was) Dankworth heard the early bop pioneers like Charlie Parker during their shore leave in New York


01, Jul, 2015 @7:04 PM

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Readers recommend: best saxophone songs | Peter Kimpton
Jazz to ska, pop to classical, blow your horn in songs featuring an instrument known for its curvaceous, and vocal sex appeal, says Peter Kimpton

Peter Kimpton

30, Oct, 2014 @10:00 PM

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Readers recommend: songs about taxis
Cars, boats, rickshaws and other rides, state your destinations, local or international, all for the knowledge of cab-related music, says Peter Kimpton

Peter Kimpton

05, Jun, 2014 @9:00 PM

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