WKCR’s 2020 Charlie Parker Centennial Birthday Broadcast: Midnight August 29th to Midnight September 3rd

This is the big one, 120 hours of broadcast and streaming content devoted to Charlie Parker, scheduled around the 100th anniversary of his birth, Aug 29, 2020. All of it coming your way live on wkcr 88.9FM in NYC, and streaming at http://www.wkcr.org

“Commencing at midnight August 29th and concluding at midnight September 3rd, WKCR-FM (89.9 FM, wkcr.org) will present the Charlie Parker Centennial Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of a colossal figure in American music with a 120-hour marathon broadcast.

The Festival will air 24 hours a day, and will showcase the majority of the saxophonist’s extensive discography, including both commercially issued material and rarities. Beginning each day with a potpourri of studio recordings and concerts, the Festival will primarily consist of thematic segments, including surveys of Parker records issued on the Savoy, Dial, and Verve labels and deep focuses into his early years, broadcast appearances, and essential collaborations with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

Following the Festival, WKCR will present Beyond Bird (September 3rd), a 24-hour celebration (midnight to midnight) of Charlie Parker’s continuing impact on the world of music, art, and poetry.”

More info about the special – and about WKCR’s regular jazz programming – at wkcr.org

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