WUSF All Night Jazz Celebrates the Centennial of Charlie “Bird ” Parker

“Portrait of Charlie Parker,1947” by WIlliam P. Gottlieb.

All month long during August we’ll commemorate the music of bebop pioneer Charlie Parker.

Born August 29, 1920, Parker, known as “Bird” or “Yardbird,” was one of the creators of the fast-paced musical idiom known as bebop.

Bird, along with Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, Max Roach and others changed the world of modern jazz with long-lasting effect when their late-night jam sessions in New York supplanted the big band era and ushered in a new style.

We’ll hear from Bird every night during the Jazz Trip@Ten, share famous covers of Charlie Parker songs in our 9 PM hour and we’ll continue our long running Bird Break at 4 AM.  Plus, special features and rare recordings all month long.