August is Charlie Parker Month

Joe Segal, owner of Jazz Showcase, America’s oldest jazz club, proclaimed August to be Charlie Parker month.

Charlie Parker was born August 29, 1920 in Kansas City. He started playing saxophone at 11. He would practice for 12-16 hours a day in the woodshed. “Woodshedding” became a common  term used by jazz musicians for practicing.

Charlie Parker was the leading innovator of a form of jazz known as Bebop. At first, it was rejected, just as Hip Hop and Rap were rejected not long ago.

Friday, August 10, North Street Cabaret will host musician/composer Shawn Maxwell. Shawn plays saxophone, clarinet and flute.

 

“This is bold music. Maxwell isn’t afraid to try out new ideas and take chances….that risk-taking pays off—big time.”- Frank Alkyer‚ Downbeat Magazine

 Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow performing at Jazz Showcase under the watchful eye of Charlie Parker.

Shawn Maxwell’s New Tomorrow performing at Jazz Showcase under the watchful eye of Charlie Parker.