Up in Boston

Charlie Parker
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The one-and-only Charlie Parker often performed in Boston and on this episode, we’ll hear him in a broadcast from the Hi-Hat club in 1952.

The Hi-Hat Club was one of many important jazz clubs in Boston, alongside the Savoy Cafe and George Wein's own Storyville. Charlie Parker often frequented the city, and we're playing a radio broadcast of Bird at the Hi-Hat.

We'll also hear some early Stan Kenton with the great Anita O’Day, recorded in 1945, as well as Dizzy Gillespie in a duet with Oscar Peterson. Another interesting and lesser-known release is Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Soul Finger from 1965, and Freddie Hubbard's tune 'The Hub'.

Staying in the 20th Century, we'll also check out a wonderful 1973 ECM recording co-led by Jan Garbarek and Bobo Stenson titled Witchi-Tai-To, plus Chick Corea revisiting his Children’s Songs from his recent
live release.

See the full playlist here.

Presented by Mal Stanely
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Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 - March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid...

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