An all-star collective of artists has been assembled to tell the story of one of the world’s iconic saxophonists on a new album, “The Passion of Charlie Parker.”
Among the interpreters involved are jazz vocalists Gregory Porter, Madeleine Peyroux, Kurt Eiling, Kandace Springs, Melody Gardot, YouTube Scat sensation Camille Bertault and actor Jeffrey Wright, who narrates the proceedings as the voice of Parker.
Featured musicians on the album include Donny McCaslin, Ben Monder, and Mark Giuliana – all of whom were involved in David Bowie’s final album “Blackstar;” as well as jazz greats Craig Taborn, Larry Grenadier, Scott Colley and Eric Harland.
Rather than create another tribute of traditional bebop tunes, producer Larry Klein partnered with lyricist David Baerwald to create a musical play that tells the story of Parker’s life while still playing with the jagged melodic nature of his compositions.
“With this album, I’ve endeavored to do something new in an effort to illustrate who ‘Bird’ was as an archetypal character,” says Klein of the release on the impulse/Verve label, “and to draw attention to the huge impact that his work had on jazz.”
PRAISEWORTHY: A new faith-based film has been selected to close Rev. T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest this weekend in Dallas and from what Tasty Clips saw they are about to get their spirits raised.
“A Question of Faith,” tells a moving story of three families from different cultures, who live in the same community; they are complete strangers living vastly separate lives until a texting and driving accident thrusts them onto converging paths where they discover God’s love, forgiveness, grace and mercy.
Timely topics such as racial prejudice and the debate surrounding organ donation are touched upon in this movie from Silver Lining Entertainment that features heartfelt performances from veterans Richard T. Jones (“Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married,”), C. Thomas Howell (“E.T.”), GregAlan Williams (“Greenleaf”) and Kim Fields, who reminds us what a solid actress she was before becoming one of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
Platinum Christian recording artist Jaci Velasquez and T.C. Stallings (“War Room”) round out the cast for the film scheduled to be released in September.
TASTY QUIP: “Your jazz men never talked about racism in their songs like Billie Holiday. She told the whole world black men is being lynched by white men. A whole world. Miles Davis ain’t never said nothing like that. Name one jazz man that said anything. Nina Simone cussed out a whole state.” – DICK GREGORY on “NewsOne Now”
CLIPPETTES: Malian singer/guitarist Vieux Farka Touré performs a free concert on June 30 at MacArthur Park’s Levitt Pavilion. Also that evening, Quincy [Brown] (“Star”) headlines at The Fonda Theatre …
NBA star Kyrie Irving’s popular “Uncle Drew” Pepsi commercials are the basis of an upcoming feature film with Shaquille O’Neal and hot comic actor Lil Rel Howery (“Get Out”) being eyed for roles …
Director Deon Taylor (“Meet The Blacks” “Supremacy”) has cast Michael Ealy and Meagan Good as a couple terrorized by their home’s former owner (Dennis Quaid) in the upcoming drama “Motivated Seller” …
DJ Quik with Suga Free and friends are performing with a live band July 2 at the Troubadour. Proceeds from this intimate benefit concert go to Black Tone …
Kat Graham, fresh off her strong turn as Jada Pinkett in “All Eyez on Me,” is joining Forest Whitaker and Theo James in the apocalyptic drama “How It Ends” …
UB40 Legends Ali, Astro & Mickey bring their tour to the Greek Theatre on July 6 with special guests Matisyahu and Raging Fyah.
TASTY QUIP: “It’s a shame that none of these artists are told how great they are while they’re alive. Why can’t they get their flowers and tokens of appreciation while they’re still living? I know the truth hurts. I just have one serious question. Was Prodigy or Mobb Deep on BET’s radar last week? … Were they invited to the red carpet event, offered guest passes or an invite to perform at the awards show in the last 10 years? I’m willing to bet the answer is no. I love my people and I support them, but we really need to do better by each other.” – MASTER P
TC ON TV: June 30 – “First Take Fight Special” (ESPN): After the Manny Pacquiao vs. Jeff Horn weigh in, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman preview the fight as well as Mayweather vs. McGregor and Triple G vs. Canelo Alvarez with special guest and boxing champion Andre Ward.
July 1 – “The Graham Norton Show” (BBCA): Jamie Foxx .
July 2 – “Super Soul Sunday” (OWN): “Soul to Soul – Answering Life’s Big Questions” “The Wrong Crush” (Lifetime): Vivica A. Fox leads a young cast in this movie about troubled teens in dangerous relationships. “Kevin Hart Presents: The Next Level” (Comedy): Taneshia “Just Nesh” Rice “Watch What Happens Live!” (Bravo): La La Anthony, Gizelle Bryant.
July 3 – “The Therapist” (Viceland): Joey Bada$$.
July 4 – “The Standups – Season 1” (Netflix): Count Deon Cole in. “A Capitol Fourth” (PBS): Yolanda Adams, the Four Tops, the Blues Brothers, Mark McGrath, Sam Moore and the Beach Boys.
July 5 – “Huang’s World” (Viceland): Toronto “Snowfall” (FX): John Singleton serves as co-creator/exec producer of this one-hour drama series set at the start of the crack epidemic in 1983 Los Angeles.
July 6 – “Bossip on WE TV” (WE): The pop culture website lands a weekly show from their Atlanta headquarters. “The Gong Show” (ABC): Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson “Party Legends” (Viceland): Mero, ATL Twins, Prince Markie Dee and Chili from TLC have their wildest party stories animated in the episode entitled “Beating Arsenio in the Chest Repeatedly.”
TASTY QUIP: “In my world, I get so tired of people complaining about, ‘Oh black lives matter,’ and they pontificate and pontificate about it, and I say, ‘Well, what are you doing about that? It may not seem significant to you, but that’s how we start. Have you called your local politicians, have you written a letter?’ When they say they’ve done nothing, I say, ‘Well, don’t talk to me … because you are part of the problem, because you are sitting here spewing negativity and complaining. I don’t have time for people who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.” – HALLE BERRY at Girls’ Lounge at Cannes Lounge
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