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Charlie Parker 101 Years

Tribute to a legend with the German SWR Big Band and strings, along with John Beasley and Magnus Lindgren. In connection with this concert the new album Bird Lives was released.

Multi-instrumentalist Magnus Lindgren is one of Sweden’s leading names in jazz. Alongside the super-swinging SWR Big Band from Stuttgart and American pianist John Beasley, at this concert he will pay tribute to the legendary alto saxophonist, “Bird” or “Yardbird” – whose lightning-quick, masterful playing and harmonic boldness set a new standard for what jazz could be.

Charlie Parker would have turned 100 years old in August 2020. Due to the pandemic, he was celebrated a year after instead. The album Bird Lives (ACT) was released in connection with this concert.

The Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer, arranger and pianist John Beasley has played with legends like Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Steely Dan, Marcus Miller, Chaka Khan and James Brown. He has also composed music for film (the Bond movies Spectre and Skyfall; Finding Dory and more). For several years he was Music Director at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, which is now the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.

Magnus Lindgren has released ten albums and along with trumpet player and singer Peter Asplund, he is Artistic Director of Konserthuset’s Blue House Orchestra. Since 2018, he has been active in a three-year Artist-in-Residence position with the guest-performing SWR Big Band (Stuttgart Radio Big Band), founded in 1951 and celebrating 70 years in 2021.  

  • The music

  • Charlie Parker Bird at 100 Overture arr John Beasley/Magnus Lindgre
  • Charlie Parker Confirmation
  • Gene De Paul/Patricia Johnston/Don Raye I’ll Remember April arr John Beasley
  • George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dorothy Heyward/DuBose Heyward Summertime from Porgy and Bess
  • Charlie Parker Cherokee-KoKo arr John Beasley/Magnus Lindgren
  • David Raksin/Johnny Mercer Laura arr Magnus Lindgren/John Beasley
  • Charlie Parker Scrapple from the Apple/Ah-Leu-Cha arr Magnus Lindgren/John Beasley
  • Charlie Parker/Miles Davis Donna Lee arr John Beasley
  • Dizzy Gillespie/Frank Paparelli/Raymond Leveen A Night in Tunisia ’’Interlude’’ arr Magnus Lindgren
  • Encore: Charlie Parker Billie’s Bounce arr John Beasley/Magnus Lindgren]
  • Participants

  • SWR Big Band with Strings
  • John Beasley leader & piano
  • Magnus Lindgren leader, saxophone, clarinet & flute
  • From a livestream 12 November 2021.
  • The video is approximately two hours.
  • Subtitles in English and Swedish is activated by using the CC control in the video player.


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