Alex Garnett's London Supersax Project
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.
The idea for celebrating the creativity of Parker was conceived in the early 1970s by bassist Buddy Clark and saxophonist Med Flory by forming a saxophone section with rhythm that would use orchestrated arrangements of Parker’s transcendent bop solos as the basis for its music. The nine-piece group made its debut in 1972 and was an immediate hit around the world.
In 2013 Alex Garnett revisited this group by creating a UK version. Inspired by the thought and a deep love of Parkers music, Garnett made the London Supersax concept a reality.
Hear iconic arrangements of "Cool Blues," "Star Eyes," "Lover Man", "Salt Peanuts," "Parker's Mood" , "A night in Tunisia”, ”Moose the Mooche” and more.