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Kamloops Symphony Bending Genres With Next Performance

Kamloops Symphony Bending Genres With Next Performance

March 19, 2021 at 3:42 pm  Entertainment, Kamloops, The Arts

KAMLOOPS, B.C. ­– The second concert experience in the Kamloops Symphony’s Spring Series is Charlie Parker w/ Strings, which will be available to view on-demand online from Friday, April 9 to Saturday, May 8. Charlie Parker w/ Strings will see the orchestra bending genres by exploring the works of jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker from his pivotal recording sessions “Charlie Parker with Strings”.

Much like classical composers of the early 20th Century, Charlie Parker expanded the boundaries of rhythm, harmony, and form, as he developed what is now known as the bebop style of jazz. Parker was also willing to try other performance formats beyond the typical small group in which he normally played, which led to the idea of his playing accompanied by a string ensemble for these seminal recording sessions. The music is all jazz standards from the 30’s and 40’s, such as “I’m in the Mood for Love” or “Summertime” without any original compositions from Parker. The result was an inspired combination of familiar tunes put into the hands of a performer who is a master of melody and a gifted improviser whose skills expand and elaborate those melodies with the expressive and decorative language of bebop jazz.

Joining the KSO to tackle these tunes is saxophonist Cory Weeds, one of Canada’s most important jazz impresarios, and his high caliber jazz quartet. Weeds may be best known as the founder and owner of Cory Weeds’ Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver, which he successfully ran for more than 14 years. But he was more than just the owner – as a saxophonist who studied at Capilano University and the University of North Texas Weeds spent many nights on the Cellar bandstand as a leader and sideman, as well as performing on numerous tours with many of the top jazz musicians. He has recorded seventeen albums as a leader and established The Cellar Music Group which has produced over 180 recordings. Weeds celebrated a win at the 2017 Juno Awards when the album “Metalwood” won Jazz Album of the Year: Group. Weeds has also worked as an educator, leading the BC Music Educators Association’s Honour Jazz Ensemble, clinics on saxophone and the music business, and teaches privately. In addition to a selection of tracks from the seminal “Charlie Parker with Strings” recording sessions, this concert will also feature a few of Weeds’ original tunes.

Charlie Parker w/ Strings is perfect for jazz aficionados and classical adventurists alike. Tickets are $15 for an Individual and $25 for a Household Pass, with a special $5 COVID price available as well. All tickets can be purchased from Kamloops Live! Box Office at 250-374-5483 or www.kamloopslive.ca.

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