Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100
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Centennial Celebration

Fly Higher: Charlie Parker @ 100

Mar 29, 2020
Miner Auditorium
SunMar 29
8:00 PM

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Born 100 years ago, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker was one of the definitive innovators of 20th century music. “Bird,” as he was known, revolutionized jazz, setting the stage for John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman — and for a raft of 21st century jazz innovators, including alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa (a perennial DownBeat poll topper) and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington (winner of multiple GRAMMY awards). Their new project, titled “Fly Higher,” pays tribute to Bird by exploring his bebop-era repertoire, transforming Parker’s breakneck tunes alongside their own modern compositions.

Charlie Parker 100 Years

These “Bird transformers” will offer brand new perspectives on Parker’s music, demonstrating how his revolution keeps resonating in the modern age. Broadly speaking, “Flying Higher” is a metaphor for the aesthetic that drives Mahanthappa and Carrington to produce groundbreaking work across the musical spectrum. Mahanthappa’s many collaborators include drummer Jack DeJohnette, pianist/composer Vijay Iyer and Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. Carrington is one of the leading drummers of the past several decades, performing with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stan Getz, Geri Allen, David Murray, Cassandra Wilson, Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan and other luminaries.

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Mahanthappa and Carrington will lead a crème de la crème band of innovators from the current scene: vocalist Charenée Wade, trumpeter Adam O’Farrill, pianist Kris Davis, bassist Larry Grenadier and deejay/percussionist Kassa Overall.

“Bird Lives” painting by Vel Verrept based on a photograph by Herman Leonard, © Herman Leonard Photography, LLC

Jaw-dropping, one of the finest saxophonists going.

Pitchfork (on Rudresh Mahanthappa)

Jaw-dropping, one of the finest saxophonists going.

Pitchfork (on Rudresh Mahanthappa)

Personnel

Rudresh Mahanthappa alto saxophone
Terri Lyne Carrington drums
Adam O’Farrill trumpet
Kris Davis piano
Larry Grenadier bass
Kassa Overall turntables
Charenée Wade vocals

Terri Lyne Carrington can play drums at the highest level. She’s a master.

Herbie Hancock

Personnel

Rudresh Mahanthappa alto saxophone
Terri Lyne Carrington drums
Adam O’Farrill trumpet
Kris Davis piano
Larry Grenadier bass
Kassa Overall turntables
Charenée Wade vocals

Terri Lyne Carrington can play drums at the highest level. She’s a master.

Herbie Hancock

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Rudresh Mahanthappa

Both Hands

Terri Lyne Carrington

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Rudresh Mahanthappa

Both Hands

Terri Lyne Carrington

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