Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker's Yardbird

Madison Public Library will partner with the Madison Opera to celebrate the life and impact of Charlie Parker by offering events centered around jazz music. The “Extending the Stage” events include: a lecture on Charlie Parker and the history of Bebop by renowned saxophone professor Les Thimmig; and a viewing of rare jazz films by master-archivist Gary Alderman.

The Life and Music of Charlie Parker
Join us for this informative and entertaining event featuring UW-Madison's Professor of Saxophone Les Thimmig. Professor Thimmig will discuss the importance of Charlie Parker and the history of bebop jazz, interspersed with short musical performances.

Alicia Ashman Library  -  Friday, February 24, 7pm

An Evening of Rare Jazz Films
Jazz historian Gary Alderman will present and explain films of the historically-significant innovators of modern jazz, including the only two existing videos with sound of Charlie Parker. Among the other musicians shown will be those relevant to Parker’s music and career, including Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Sonny Sitt, and Cannonball Adderly. ​

Alicia Ashman Library - Friday, February 3, 7pm
Goodman South Library  -  Tuesday, April 11, 6pm

This program is part of Madison Opera's Extending the Stage: Charlie Parker's Yardbird (performances will be 2/10 & 2/12). These programs and others in the series are funded by a grant from Beyond the Page.