Charlie Parker News

Jazz Masters, Stephen Wallam, Jim Caruso's Cast Party and More Set for Birdland, Aug 2014
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2014

Birdland Jazz Club has announced their great line-up of amazing talent for the month of August 2014, featuring: The Jazz Masters Quartet, Dave Douglas Quintet, Django Reinhardt NY Festival, Eric Comstock & Barbara Fasano, Rotem Sivan Trio, Sean Harkness Duo, Jane Monheit, Jim Caruso's Cast Party, and more. Details below! (more...)

Music Institute Announces 2014-15 Nichols Concert Hall Season
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2014

Celebrating 85 years, the Music Institute of Chicago announces the 2014-15 season of its popular Faculty and Guest Artist Series. All concerts take place at the historic Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in the heart of downtown Evanston. (more...)

David T. Little Appointed 4th Composer in Residence for Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Orchestra and Music-Theatre Group
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer David T. Little has been selected as its fourth Composer in Residence (CIR). Little was chosen from over 100 applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of his skills as an operatic composer. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia, Gotham Chamber Opera, and Music-Theatre Group Announce David T. Little as Fourth Composer in Residence
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Opera Philadelphia, in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group in New York, is proud to announce that composer David T. Little has been selected as its fourth Composer in Residence (CIR). Little was chosen from over 100 applicants for the position and now has the opportunity to follow a personalized development track focused on the advancement of his skills as an operatic composer. (more...)

Blue Notes Art Show Opens 6/27 at Church of the Messiah Parish Hall
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2014

Thomas Cale, artist, of Rhinebeck, New York, has announced details of the Blue Notes Art Show, scheduled to open with a reception on Friday, June 27th, 2014, from 6pm-9pm at the Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, located on Montgomery Street in Rhinebeck, New York. This collection of paintings is dedicated to honoring iconic figures who have brought jazz music to the masses through the years. The show is inspired by greats like Sonny Rollins, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, and Charlie Parker, among others. (more...)

2014 BLUE NOTE JAZZ FESTIVAL and More Coming to the Blue Note in June 2014
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

Blue Note Jazz Club, one of the world's most iconic jazz and blues venues based in Greenwich Village, is proud to announce its June 2014 schedule. All June performances at Blue Note Jazz Club will be featured as part of the fourth annual, 2014 Blue Note Jazz Festival, scheduled to take place Sunday, June 1 through Monday, June 30 (with over 150 performances at more than 15 venues throughout New York City). (more...)

Met Opera Rising Stars, POTTED POTTER, Audra McDonald, Bela Fleck and More Set for NJPAC's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - May 15, 2014

John Schreiber, NJPAC's President and CEO, and David Rodriguez, Executive Producer of the Arts Center, announced today a 2014-15 season packed with new, NJPAC- created, season-long series', collaborations with renowned artists and companies, an expansion of diverse programming, further integration of NJPAC's arts education programs within mainstage performances, and a continuation of the Arts Center's 17-year tradition of presenting world-class artists. With over 100 performances and special events announced for the acoustically superb 2,800- seat Prudential Hall, intimate 514-seat Victoria Theater, 250-seat Chase Room, and outdoors in Theater Square, by artists ranging from Patti LaBelle to The Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars; from Chris Botti to Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience; from Golda's Balcony with Tovah Feldshuh to the Brick City Jazz Orchestra; from Bela Fleck to Lula Washington Dance Theatre; from Beres Hammond to Audra McDonald; and from The Second City to Dinosaur Train Live!, NJPAC's new season has something for everyone. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Presents A COFFIN IN EGYPT, 6/6-15
by BWW News Desk - May 12, 2014

Legendary mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade has performed many of opera's greatest roles in her storied career that began in 1970. In June, she makes her Opera Philadelphia debut in an incredible new role written just for her, in the East Coast Premiere of A Coffin in Egypt by composer Ricky Ian Gordon and librettist/director Leonard Foglia. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins Stars in THE FABULOUS MISS MARIE, Opening Tonight Off-Broadway
by BWW News Desk - May 01, 2014

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre continues its 44th season with the second play of 'The Ed Bullins Project' dedicated to the pioneer of the Black Arts Movement and one of America's most important and influential playwrights: The Fabulous Miss Marie, first produced in 1971 at the New Lafayette Theatre in Harlem began performances April 17th and continues through May 18th, with opening night set for tonight, May 1st. Woodie King Jr directs a cast that features Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman ('Sesame Street') along with Toccarra Cash, Michael Chenevert, Ugo Chukwu, Aaliyah Habeeb, Beethovan Oden, G. Alverez Reid, Ashley C. Turner, and Brittany N. Williams. (more...)

United States Air Force Band of the Golden West Jazz Ensemble to Play Mesa Arts Center, 4/23
by BWW News Desk - Apr 10, 2014

The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West's Jazz Ensemble, The Commanders, will perform a free concert as part of Mesa Arts Center's Performing Live series, Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater. Free tickets can be reserved through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office at MesaArtsCenter.com or by calling 480-644-6500. (more...)

Tonya Pinkins to Star in THE FABULOUS MISS MARIE Off-Broadway, Begin. 4/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2014

Woodie King Jr's New Federal Theatre continues its 44th season with the second play of 'The Ed Bullins Project' dedicated to the pioneer of the Black Arts Movement and one of America's most important and influential playwrights: The Fabulous Miss Marie, first produced in 1971 at the New Lafayette Theatre in Harlem will begin performances April 17th and continue through May 18th, with opening night set for May 1st. Woodie King Jr directs a cast that features Tony and Drama Desk Award winner Tonya Pinkins and Roscoe Orman ('Sesame Street') along with Toccarra Cash, Michael Chenevert, Ugo Chukwu, Aaliyah Habeeb, Beethovan Oden, G. Alverez Reid, Ashley C. Turner, and Brittany N. Williams. (more...)

MONTY ALEXANDER Announces U.S. Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2014

On April 8, just two months before the New York-based artist Monty Alexander celebrates his 70th birthday, Motéma Music will release Harlem-Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On (more...)

Musician & Actor Med Flory Dies at 87
by BWW News Desk - Mar 17, 2014

According to the LA Times, Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax, as well as an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died at age 87. (more...)

New Jersey Jazz Society to Welcome Bria Skonberg and Tia Fuller to MPAC, 3/30
by BWW News Desk - Mar 04, 2014

Trumpeter/vocalist Bria Skonberg was inspired by Louis Armstrong. Alto saxophonist Tia Fuller was influenced by Cannonball Adderley. On Sunday, March 30 at 3 pm, at the Mayo Performing Arts Center, they will present a groundbreaking concert with no musical borders in a concert presented by the New Jersey Jazz Society. Tickets are $20. (more...)

Savion Glover to Bring STEPZ to Memorial Auditorium, 3/14
by BWW News Desk - Feb 24, 2014

Tap dance prodigy, actor and choreographer SAVION GLOVER taps his way across stage in his engaging new work, STePz, a Bay Area Premiere. STePz, Mr. Glover's celebration of tap, displays the infinite versatility and virtuosity of Savion Glover's genius as a tap master. Mr. Glover and his ensemble of dancers take tap dance to new heights and levels while fusing traditional music selections of the past ((Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Shostakovich) with his self-proclaimed tap style and energy of the future. Glover's 'strength doesn't stop at his feet...It pumps through his body, lanky and tightly wound, radiating out like an electrical force.' - The New York Times SAVION GLOVER performs on Friday, March 14 at 8 pm at the Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags at Civic Center Drive in San Rafael, CA 94903. Tickets are $45, $35, $25, Premium seats $60, Students 20 and under $20, Bargain seats (rows 25-34) $20; and can be ordered through the Marin Center Box Office at 415-473-6800 or visit www.marincenter.org (more...)

Harlem Stage Announces 2014 Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Lineup; Kicks Off 5/4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 20, 2014

When the Harlem Renaissance was in vogue at the dawn of the 20th Century, the jazz clubs around Jungle Alley, between Lenox and Seventh Avenue - The Savoy Ballroom, Small's Paradise, Minton's Playhouse, Clark Monroe's Uptown House, The Ubangi Club, Park Palace, Connie's Inn, and others - were the place to be. These immortal nightclubs, concert halls, cabarets, speakeasies and ballrooms, will be channeled and showcased May 4 - 10 at the Fourth Annual Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Celebrates 40th Anniversary Season with THE BARBER OF SEVILLE, OSCAR and More
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2014

General Director & President David B. Devan and Music Director Corrado Rovaris are pleased to announce Opera Philadelphia's 40th Anniversary Season, featuring a stellar cast of international opera stars in five new productions at the Academy of Music and the Perelman Theater. (more...)

Opera Philadelphia Announces 2015 World Premiere of Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

David B. Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia, today announced the commissioning of a new opera based on the life of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955), one of the most influential soloists in the history of jazz and a central figure in the development of bebop. American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will star as Parker in a work written for him by composer Daniel Schnyder, with a libretto by poet and playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly. Soprano Angela Brownwill costar as Charlie's mother, Addie Parker. The opera is being developed in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera. (more...)

Charlie Parker's YARDBIRD with Lawrence Brownlee & Opera Philadelphia to Premiere in 2015
by BWW News Desk - Jan 30, 2014

David B. Devan, General Director and President of Opera Philadelphia, today announced the commissioning of a new opera based on the life of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker (1920-1955), one of the most influential soloists in the history of jazz and a central figure in the development of bebop. American tenor Lawrence Brownlee will star as Parker in a work written for him by composer Daniel Schnyder, with a libretto by poet and playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly. Soprano Angela Brown will costar as Charlie's mother, Addie Parker. The opera is being developed in partnership with Gotham Chamber Opera. (more...)

Beyonce, Kerry Washington, Don Cheadle & More Among 45th NAACP IMAGE AWARDS Nominees; Full List Revealed!
by TV News Desk - Jan 09, 2014

The nominees for THE 45TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS were announced today during a live press conference at the TV One presentation to the Television Critics Association during its Winter 2014 Press Tour in Pasadena, CA. David Oyelowo ('Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'), Joe Morton (ABC's 'Scandal'), Keke Palmer (VH1's 'CrazySexyCool'), Bresha Webb (TV One's 'Love That Girl') and Gina Torres (USA's 'Suits') announced the categories and nominees with NAACP Image Awards Committee Chairman, Leonard James and President and CEO of TV One, Alfred Liggins. (more...)

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