Dominic Walker: Charlie “"Bird"” Parker
This week we’ll focus on the music of jazz icon Miles Davis on the 82nd anniversary of his birth. Born, May 26, 1926, just outside St. Louis, Miles showed promise as a young trumpet player in the ‘40s. His father, a well to do doctor, helped him get into the Julliard School of Music in New York, but Miles was more interested in the burgeoning bebop scene and soon ended up in innovator Charlie “Bird” Parker’s quintet. But the dizzying tempos and pyrotechnics of bebop were not what Miles was hearing in his head. In the late 1940’s he collaborated with Gil Evans and Gerry Mulligan formulating the “Birth of the Cool”. Once the lush harmonics of the cool movement started to take hold, Miles became a household name. By the time he started recording with his first classic quintet, with John Coltrane, he became legendary. His 1959 recording, “Kind of Blue,” is still the best-selling jazz album of all time.
Tonight on our Jazz Trip@Ten, Dominic Walker will head to the Barber Shop for “Another Hairdo” from Charlie “Bird” Parker, featuring focus artist of the week Miles Davis. Then later, on the Midnight Standard, we’ll hear another version of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust.” [Photo:flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/4843755786/]