The Jazz Jousters have just released their 12th installment of their Lab Off Sessions with Off Paradise, a collective work that pays homage to “Bird of Paradise,” a song made by American jazz saxophonist and composer, Charlie Parker.
Charlie Parker was an instrumental figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz known for its rapid “tempos, virtuosic techniques, and improvisation.”1 His career began in the late 1930’s and during this period of time he would practice up to 15 hours a day for 3-4 years.2 He mastered improvisation that led to the development of ideas for this new form of jazz.
During his career that spanned from 1937-1955, he played with Dizzy Gillespie and released 36 solo albums through Savoy Records, Dial Records, and Verve Records. His music was involved in over 100 compilations that also featured great jazz legends such as Miles Davis, Lee Konitz, Norman Granz’, Afro-Cuban Jazz musician Machito, and Allen Eager, to name a few. 3
Stay tuned for the Jazz Jousters’ 13th release coming December 9th via Millennium Jazz Music.
1. http://www.pbs.org/jazz/biography/artist_id_parker_charlie.htm – Charlie Parker Biography
2. http://www.puredesmond.ca/pdbird.htm – Paul Desmond Interviews Charlie Parker
3. http://www.jazzdisco.org/charlie-parker/catalog/album-index/ – Charlie Parker Discography