Saturday 6th April
Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker." Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was a central figure in the development of modern jazz characterized by his fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and explosive improvisation .Despite a tragically short life, “Bird” introduced many revolutionary concepts to Jazz and helped create the benchmark for modern music.
To this day, his incredible legacy continues to inspire and influence generations of performers and composers around the world.
The Idea for celebrating the creativity of Parker. Back in the early 1970s bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory conceived a brilliant idea: to form a Saxophone section with rhythm that would use orchestrated arrangements of saxophonist Charlie Parker’s transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music. As for a name, nothing less than SuperSax would suffice. The nine-piece group made its debut in 1972 and was an immediate hit around the world.
As well as producing a dozen well-received albums and earning a Grammy award, the SuperSax alumni roster embodied names such as Warne Marsh, Conte Candoli, Jack Nimitz, Frank Rosolino , Lanny Morgan, Jake Hanna, Lou Levy, Carl Fontana, Blue Mitchell and Jay Migliori.
Fast-forward to 2013, when London based Saxophonist Alex Garnett had an ingenious idea of his own: why couldn't there be a renewed version of SuperSax in England? Inspired by the thought and a deep love of Parkers music, Garnett set about assembling the talent needed to stock such a precision-oriented group and to make the London SuperSax concept a reality.
Recruiting the best to wrestle with Parker's finger-busting solos the group boasts a front line of (Alto Saxophones) Nigel Hitchcock and Sammy Maine, (Tenor Saxophones) Graham Blevins and Brandon Allen and Alex Garnett himself on the Baritone Saxophone.
Enlisting pianist James Pearson, bassist Sam Burgess and Chris Higginbottom on drums to round out the rhythm section and a ninth member, renowned soloist Steve Fishwick on Trumpet, the group will revisit the original SuperSax scores and do battle on of some of Charlie Parker’s most exciting and creative classics.
Hear iconic arrangements of "Cool Blues," "Star Eyes," "Lover Man", "Salt Peanuts," "Parker's Mood" , "A night in Tunisia”, ”Moose the Mooche” and much, much more!!Click the below for the original recording, an idea of what to expect on the night - and that's for sparks to fly!!