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A 60th anniversary celebration of Charlie Parker

A 60th anniversary celebration of Charlie Parker

Joe Segal never will forget the day Charlie Parker died. "It was March 12, 1955, and I was at Roosevelt," recalls Segal, founder of the Jazz Showcase and at the time a student and self-styled jazz presenter at Roosevelt University. "It was in the afternoon. I was setting up chairs and all for the concert that night," continues Segal. "And this guy came running down the hall crying and saying, 'Man, did you hear Bird died?'" The news hit Segal hard because he had presented the alto saxophone genius at Roosevelt, having been smitten with the man's obvious technical brilliance and improvisational wizardry. So Segal stepped outside to clear...

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