Charlie Parker with Strings

Our first tour for the year is set to take us on the road with Rodger Fox’s award-winning Big Band and American saxophonist Dick Oatts for Charlie Parker with Strings. Named for the ground-breaking albums recorded by the virtuosic BeBop giant Charlie Parker, the music will include Jazz standards that capture Parker’s legendary fast finger-work and evolving harmonic style. From 15—20 April we’ll be performing in Wellington, Palmerston North, Napier, Taupo, Tauranga, and Auckland. One of the highlights of this tour is sure to be playing at Tauranga’s annual Jazz Festival. Make sure you don’t miss an evening of swinging rhythms and lush strings with a twist of BeBop!

“Dick Oatts playing contains a wonderful mix of influences, a direct line from Sonny Stitt, Johnny Hodges, Cannonball, Charlie Parker and Lee Konitz; even a hint of the 70s soulful rasp of David Sanborn in his younger days, mixed with his own ever-evolving, harmonically probing sensibility.”

– Gareth Lockrane, London Jazz News


Mon 15 Apr Charlie Parker with Strings - Wellington Memorial Theatre Victoria University 8:00pm
Tue 16 Apr Charlie Parker with Strings - Palmerston North Globe Theatre 7:30pm
Wed 17 Apr Charlie Parker with Strings - Napier Paisley Stage 8:00pm
Thu 18 Apr Charlie Parker with Strings - Taupo Great Lake Centre 8:00pm
Fri 19 Apr Charlie Parker with Strings - Tauranga Jazz Festival Baycourt Community and Arts Centre 8:00pm
Sat 20 Apr Charlie Parker with Strings - Auckland UXBRIDGE Theatre 8:00pm


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