Jazz On Film: Bird of a Nation: Charlie Parker and Clint Eastwood's Biopic

Tuesday, September 10th, 7:00pm

The National Jazz Museum in Harlem Presents:

Jazz on Film

Bird of a Nation: Charlie Parker and Clint Eastwood's Biopic

Clint Eastwood had the best of intentions when he created his Charlie Parker biopic Bird in 1988. Nonetheless, it perpetuated many of the myths that still dog jazz and its musicians. Parker is reduced to a fun-loving, headed for self-destruction man/child, totally devoid of the intelligence and maturity of the real Parker.

Krin Gabbard, professor of Comparative Literature at SUNY Stony Book, and author of Jammin' At The Margins, a groundbreaking study of jazz and film, will moderate the panel as they and the audience react to segments of the Eastwood film. We are especially honored to have the legendary saxophonist/composer/bandleader Jimmy Heath participating; he knew and played with Charlie Parker. Heath’s presence alone makes this a historic evening.

Panelists include Robert O'Meally, Loren Schoenberg, Jonathan Scheuer and legendary saxophonist/composer/bandleader Robert O'Meally. Moderated by Krin Gabbard.

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS0M-GjgEi8

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