Charlie Parker

Airs Thursday, November 12, at 8 p.m. When one thinks of bebop, the first musician that comes to mind is usually Charlie Parker, the pioneering alto-saxophone player and composer. In this episode, we listen to an early disciple of Parker's, alto sax player Charles McPherson, who was born in 1939 and raised in Detroit. Mr. McPherson grew up surrounded by a wealth of great jazz musicians in the motor city jazz scene, and first came to fame himself working with Charles Mingus in the 1960s and early 70s.

Airs Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. The many victorious performances made by Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly added timeless examples of small group jazz to a tradition that developed in the wake of the bebop movement of the 1940s. Working together, the three artists achieved a poetic level of expression that was as playful and tender as it was distinctive and mysterious.

Airs Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. The musical style know as bebop is a style of jazz characterized on fast tempo, instrumental virtuosity, and improvisation based on the combination of harmonic structure and melody. Developed in the early and mid-1940’s, bebop ultimately became synonymous with modern jazz. The inventors of bebop, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk and a few others understood that the melodic logic of learning how to put together a line when playing was of paramount importance within the form.