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Schneider, Mallinger kick off Charlie Parker Month with vigor

Schneider, Mallinger kick off Charlie Parker Month with vigor

When you get right down to it, Charlie Parker stands as the raison d'etre of the Jazz Showcase and the guiding light of its founder, 89-year-old Joe Segal. The impresario presented Bird in concert long ago and has dedicated annual performances to him since the towering alto saxophonist's death in 1955, at age 34. A larger-than-life image of Parker forms the backdrop of the Showcase stage and represents a daunting challenge to anyone who picks up a horn there. So Thursday night's music-making at the Showcase carried a sense of occasion, for it marked the 60th anniversary of Segal's Parker homage. What started as a memorial to a principal architect of bebop by the 1960s...

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