Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2020 at 8:00 PM

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

Coolidge Auditorium

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Rudresh Mahanthappa and Terri Lyne Carrington, Co-Musical Directors

Fly Higher brings a septet of stars for a centennial tribute to jazz legend and bebop pioneer Charlie ("Bird') Parker. Considered "one of the finest saxophonists going" (Pitchfork), Rudresh Mahanthappa partners with three-time Grammy-winning drummer, composer and bandleader Terri Lyne Carrington to lead a stunning lineup for the project: Charenée Wade (vocals), Adam O'Farrill (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass) and Kassa Overall, (DJ). Honoring Parker’s musical legacy but looking beyond it, their concert tracks the impact of an artist whose innovations as a player and composer changed the path of jazz—and powerfully influenced the evolution of new music that would become pop, rock and hip hop.

Presented through the generous support of the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE with Library of Congress Jazz Scholar, Sherrie Jean Tucker, PhD, Professor, American Studies, University of Kansas and co-editor of the journal American Studies
6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion

Author of Dance Floor Democracy: the Social Geography of Memory at the Hollywood Canteen (Duke, 2014), Library of Congress Jazz Scholar Sherrie Jean Tucker talks aboutthe social culture of mid-century jazz and the “all-girl” bands of the 1940’s.