Virtuoso guitarist Pasquale Grasso kicks off Birdland's Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration, performing solo and trio with legendary drummer Kenny Washington and bassist Ari Roland. Grasso -- “The best guitar player I’ve heard in maybe my entire life," according to Pat Metheny -- is from Italy, living in NYC, where he has recorded an acclaimed series of solo guitar EP's for Sony Masterworks. His latest features songs composed by or made famous by Charlie Parker.
Pianist and Vocalist and Oklahoma native Champian Fulton continues Birdland's Charlie Parker Centennial Celebration. Her new release "Birdsong," features eleven carefully chosen compositions written by and/or made famous by Charlie Parker. “I wanted to focus not only on his originals, but on his recordings that I consider to be some of the most beautiful songs ever recorded,” said Champian, “these songs are classic Bird, with rangy and dramatic melodies, romantic lyrics and adventurous chord changes.”