Celebrating the Genius of Charlie Parker on his 100th Birthday

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Charlie Parker is widely considered to be the greatest saxophonist who ever lived. His radical new style of playing music changed the way that everyone played: pianists, drummers, trumpeters etc. On August 29th, 2020, the entire world came out to celebrate this esteemed gentleman of jazz: the genius known as Mr. Charles "Bird" Parker.

Happy Birthday Bird!!

List of some of the people who formally recognized and celebrated Charlie Parker on or around what would have been his 100th birthday - August 29, 2020 (in no particular order):

  1. Singer Sheila Jordan
  2. Former U.S. President and Saxophonist Bill Clinton
  3. Saxophonist Grace Kelly
  4. Saxophonist Knoel Scott
  5. Joe Segal (August 24, 1926 - August 10, 2020), 2015 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award Recipient, Founder and long-time Owner/Operator of Chicago's Jazz Showcase jazz club (starting in 1947)
  6. Jazz Producer Elexa Birdsong
  7. Drummer Terri Lyne Carrington
  8. Kim Parker - Charlie Parker's daughter
  9. Kansas City, Kansas Graveside Salute to Charlie Parker - Various Artists
  10. Guitarist Bruce Edwards
  11. Bassist Josh Ramos
  12. Trumpeter John Raymond
  13. Videographer Rich Sugg
  14. Jazz Lab Big Band - Various Artists
  15. Drummer Will Calhoun
  16. Saxophonist Ted Nash
  17. Guitarist Robby Krieger
  18. Chris Burnett, Artistic Director for Bird Boot Camp and Sax Salute
  19. Bassist Jennifer Vincent
  20. Bassist Christian McBride
  21. Musician Kokayi
  22. Saxophonist Sharel Cassity
  23. Saxophonist Jaleel Shaw
  24. Trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis
  25. Saxophonist T.K. Blue
  26. Wayne Segal, Owner of Chicago's Jazz Showcase
  27. Pianist Dan Nimmer
  28. Saxophonist Alex Garnett
  29. Pianist Jo Ann Daugherty
  30. Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival 2020 - Various Artists
  31. Saxophonist Sherman Victor Goines
  32. Saxophonist George Freeman
  33. Saxophonist Bobby  Watson
  34. Drummer Dwayne "Cook" Broadnax
  35. Saxophonist Joshua Turnbull
  36. Bassist Carlos Henriquez
  37. Jon Batiste, Musical Director of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
  38. Saxophonist Mason Fuller
  39. Saxophonist Vincent Herring
  40. Saxophonist Guilherme Tupinamba
  41. Saxophonist Walter Blanding
  42. Quinton Lucas, Mayor of Kansas City
  43. Saxophonist Greg Ward
  44. Pianist David Kikoski
  45. Saxophonist Dan Forshaw
  46. United States Marine Band - Various Artists
  47. Pianist Eli Yamin
  48. Saxophonist Gary Bartz
  49. Drummer Obed Calvaire
  50. Bassist Yasushi Nakamura
  51. Saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa
  52. Pianist Herbie Hancock
  53. Drummer Carl Allen
  54. Actor Jeff Golblum
  55. Pianist and Composer Jason Moran
  56. Charlie Parker Jazz Festival Executive Artistic Director Erika Elliot
  57. Saxophonist Sherman Irby
  58. Saxophonist Paul Nedzela

Please forgive me if you formally recognized and celebrated Bird's 100th birthday and are not on this list. I tried to add everyone that I could find.


“He was said to have a photographic memory: the ability to look at a piece of music once and know it ... for life. Saxophonist Teddy Edwards recalled seeing Charles Parker, seeing his second performance with Billy Eckstine’s Orchestra. Despite the fact that the Eckstine band played some very challenging arrangements, Bird played the whole night while sitting on his music.” - Herbie Hancock on Charlie Parker



This article was updated on October 11, 2020

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