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Course Description

Although his career lasted a scant 14 years, Charlie “Bird” Parker had a profound effect on jazz and is hailed as one of the music’s greatest artists and innovators. This course examines the music, milieu, and heritage of the saxophonist, whose centenary is celebrated in 2020. Parker’s contributions to the jazz style bebop, and that style’s place in jazz history, are a second focus of the course. The interactions and recordings of Parker with jazz trumpeters Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis will demonstrate his musical development, and mastery of his instrument. Parker’s other recordings, both in studio and in live performance, will be played and discussed. Finally, the course examines Parker’s effect on American culture. A technical knowledge of music is not required for this course.
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