Queens Jazz Orchestra: “Bird Flight” in honor of Phil Schaap and the genius of Charlie Parker at Flushing Town Hall

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The Queens Jazz Orchestra (QJO) returns live to the stage at Flushing Town Hall, with a special “Bird Flight” tribute program honoring Phil Schaap and the genius of Charlie Parker. QJO will be led and led by Grammy-nominated jazz artist and original QJO member, Antonio Hart, who was selected by the late NEA Jazz Master and former QJO Music Director, Jimmy Heath.

Phil Schaap (1951-2021) was a broadcaster, record producer, educator and historian whose knowledge of jazz was legendary in its breadth and detail. Schaap, who lived in Hollis, Queens, was best known for hosting Bird Flight, a radio show on WKCR devoted to Charlie Parker. Schaap has received six Grammy Awards during her career.

Charlie Parker Jr. (1920-1955), nicknamed “Bird” or “Yardbird”, was an American jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer. During his short life, Parker changed the course of music. Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Parker was a pioneering composer and improviser who ushered in a new era of jazz and influenced subsequent generations of musicians, writers and artists.

This concert will feature some of Charlie Parker’s seminal work and special music composed by NEA jazz master Jimmy Heath. There will also be special comments from Phil Schaap’s colleagues.

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Henry R. Wright