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2020 Summer Zoom


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Happy Birthday Bird! Celebrating Charlie Parker at 100

Instructor: Frank Johnson
Class size 5-24 students
3 seats remaining

Thursday, August 6 • 10-11:30 am 

August 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of jazz legend Charlie Parker’s birth. Bird was the trailblazing alto saxophonist who co-founded the bebop movement and forever altered jazz. We’ll look at his life and music from the early days in Kansas City to his tragic death in 1955. We’ll also consider the question: Does Bird still matter?

Frank Johnson has a lifelong passion and interest in African-American music: jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, soul, and Afro-Latin. He has a collection of over 4,000 albums covering these genres. In addition, he has a personal library of over 250 books on African-American musical styles, musicians and cultural influences. Frank is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in political science and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives of State and Local Government.