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.
- 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