Charlie Parker with Strings: The Donald Harrison Quartet and The Harlem Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, August 28, 2021
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
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Though his legacy would come to be defined by his indelible contributions to bebop, the Charlie Parker with Strings albums were Charlie Parker’s best-selling recordings during his lifetime, featuring the legendary saxophonist’s takes on standards like Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Klenner & Lewis’ “Just Friends.” They’re performed here by the Donald Harrison Quartet and the Harlem Symphony Orchestra. Harrison, a New Orleans-born alto saxophonist (and former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers), is leading this ensemble in honor of Parker, while the strings come courtesy of the HSO, comprising graduates of the country’s top conservatories and music schools, such as The Julliard School, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, Eastman School of Music, and Indiana University. Harrison, and company will also debut two new works in styles of music he created. The new works will showcase his signature Nouveau Swing and Quantum jazz styles which are both heavily influenced by Charlie Parker.