Photo Krunikan festarit (c) Matti Pyykkö
Jukka Perko: Charlie Parket with Strings
Known as ‘Bird’, sax player Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time.
Known as ‘Bird’, sax player Charlie Parker was one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. He was a brilliant improviser, a revolutionary in his genre and, along with Dizzy Gillespie, an important developer of the bebop style in 1940s New York.
Sax player Jukka Perko adopted features of Parker’s style in his teens, and this eventually led to him being engaged in Dizzy Gillespie’s orchestra. Perko’s playing was so dazzling that he was compared to the young Charlie Parker and dubbed ‘Little Bird’.
In the 1940s, chamber orchestra arrangements of old American show tunes were custom-made for Parker. The material for these arrangements was lost for decades but rediscovered in a basement in New York a few years ago.
This concert features those arrangements in their original splendour, showing a seamless blend of chamber orchestra and jazz quartet.
Jukka Perko, sax
Harri Myllyoja, piano
Janne Viitanen, bass
Jartsa Karvonen, drums
Helsinginkadun filharmonikot chamber orchestra
Veli-Antti Koivuranta, conductor
University of Helsinki, Ball Room
22.9.2022 at 19.00
Tickets 10-22€ from Lippupiste, duration 1,5 h