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  1. Last week’s Night Lights centennial Bird tribute, featuring a Parker’s dozen of career-defining tracks, is up for online listening: Ornithology: A Brief History Of Charlie Parker
  2. I've happened across a number of these locally at very affordable prices. Does anyone else here have them and of those who do, is there a consensus of opinion with respect to them? TIA...
  3. “Diggin' Diz”

    I have been trying to verify the first release of “Diggin' Diz" with Dizzy Gillespie (tp) Charlie Parker (as) Lucky Thompson (ts) George Handy (p) Arvin Garrison (g) Ray Brown (b) Stan Levey (d) that has an uneven history in jazz discographies. Most claim that is was released on Dial 1004. All of the versions of Dial 1004 that I have listened to are “Diggin' For Diz” that was recorded on the second Dial date, February 7, 1946, with different personnel. The same discographies note that it was also released on Dial LP 207 and Spotlight SPJ-101. I wondered if any forum members own any of the above releases and could verify if “Diggin' Diz” is on a version of Dial 1004, Dial LP 207, or Spotlight SPJ-101? Geoff Wheeler conducted extensive research on Dial. He states on page 120 of his magnum opus on Dial that the date of the first recording session was February 4, 1946, as verified in the Ross Russell Collection.
  4. Mark Stryker's excellent contribution to Ethan Iverson's Charlie Parker centennial overview: Live Bird Is The Best Bird
  5. Last week's Night Lights show is now up for online listening--a musical survey of Parker's performances with big bands ranging from Jay McShann to Stan Kenton: Big Band Bird: Charlie Parker With The Big Bands Coming up this week: "The Durable Kenny Dorham."
  6. Via a tweet from Ted Gioia, some news about a forthcoming graphic novel about Bird in mid-1940s California: Chasin' The Bird: Charlie Parker In California
  7. Charlie Parker Festival

    Bird Lives! :-)
  8. Los Angeles Jazz Institute West Coast Jazz Heritage Series BEBOP INVADES THE WEST Celebrating Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker’s Historic Los Angeles Debut Friday, August 29, 2014 8:30pm Los Angeles Musicians Union Auditorium 817 Vine St., Hollywood featuring Jazz Legends Charles McPherson and Jon Faddis with Charlie Shoemake, Tom Ranier and more In December of 1945 Dizzy Gillespie brought an all star sextet to Hollywood for an 8 week engagement at Billy Berg’s Nightclub. It was a significant event in Los Angeles jazz history which brought the creators of modern jazz to the West Coast. In addition to Bird and Dizzy the group included Milt Jackson, Al Haig, Ray Brown and Stan Levey. To celebrate this momentous occasion we return to Vine St. to present an incredible all star sextet performing the bebop classics that were introduced to West Coast audiences during that historic engagement. August 29 is also Charlie Parker’s birthday so it will be a double celebration and a night you won’t want to miss. Pre-Concert Dinner/Party Billy Berg’s Revisited 6:00pm Los Balcones, 1360 Vine St. Los Angeles The original building which housed Billy Berg’s still stands and is now Los Balcones Restaurant. We’re having a special pre-concert dinner/party in this historic location which will include a screening of Billy Berg’s home movies from 1945-46 and rare broadcast recordings from the club. The party includes dinner and is only available to the first 50 VIP ticket holders. Tickets: $75 VIP (includes dinner at Los Balcones and preferred concert seating) $40 Concert Only The VIP package will sell out very quickly so call now. Seats are assigned in order received. You can use your credit card to order tickets at (562)200-5477
  9. This past week's Night Lights up for online listening: Bird Lives! The Charlie Parker Memorial Concert Songbook Music (all of it Parker-penned tunes) from the 1957 Five Spot gig with Phil Woods, the 1962 and 1970 concerts in Chicago with Ira Sullivan and Dexter Gordon, and the 1964 Newport tribute that brought together J.J. Johnson, Howard McGhee, and Max Roach (I posted a video from this group as well). Hoping to get an "outtake" segment with more music from the Chicago shows up on the page in the next couple of days. Many thanks to several board members who assisted with this show.