Charlie Parker with Strings - Featuring from New York - Dick Oatts

Classical and jazz worlds find common ground


“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

Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker’s two ground breaking albums Charlie Parker with Strings saw Bird perform jazz standards capturing the romantic and melodic side of this BeBop giant.

American alto-saxophonist Dick Oatts combines with the New Zealand String Quartet under the musical direction of iconic Kiwi jazz musician Rodger Fox. This concert pays homage to a legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker and his most memorable work.

Guest artist Dick Oatts is an international featured soloist best known as the lead alto player in the Thad Jones| Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra from the late 70s and still holds down that role in the present day incarnation the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Oatts has accompanied such vocalists as Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan. Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, and Milton Nascimento. He has recorded solos for R&B artist, Luther Vandross and Everything but the Girl.

Hear swinging rhythms with lush strings and a twist of Bebop.


The Ensemble:

  • Dick Oatts – Saxophone
  • Rodger Fox – Musical Director/Conductor
  • Daniel Hayles – Piano
  • Rory Macartney – Bass
  • Lauren Ellis – Drums
  • Eilish Wilson – Baritone sax/Bass clarinet/Flute
  • Louisa Williamson – Sax/Flute/Clarinet
  • The New Zealand String Quartet


When & Where
Friday 19 April 2019
Baycourt Community & Arts Centre | Addison Theatre
8pm (90 minutes no interval)
General Admission $55*
Student/Jazz Society Members $47*
(TECT earlybird $50) TECT earlybird offer ends 22 Feb
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Physical locations
0800 842 538
* Service fees apply

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