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August 24, 2007


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David Brent Johnson

Marc--I just played that interview on the air yesterday! Sat in for our weekday jazz jock (who'd been planning a Bird special) and reconstructed the broadcast (it's available on BIRD'S EYES V. 8) by playing the interview in segments and dropping in the musical sides they put on. Bird did that interview during a one-week stand at the Hi Hat in January 1954; some of his performances from that week are available on Uptown's CHARLIE PARKER: BOSTON 1952 cd (which also contains a great set from '52 with Joe Gordon on trumpet, Dick Twardzik on piano, Charles Mingus on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums...how's that for a lineup?)

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