Tag Archives: jazz

Jazz giant Charlie “Bird” Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City. During his short life—he died at age 34—Parker became one of the most influential figures in jazz history. On September 16, 2013 the University of Illinois … Continue reading

Jazz performer and musical ambassador Marian McPartland, passed away this week at her home in Port Washington, N.Y. at age 95. In addition to a performance career that took off when she moved to the U.S. from her native England … Continue reading

Musician and activist Fred Ho has inspired many people in many ways.  His avant-garde saxophone playing and composition has pushed the boundaries of jazz music.  His infusion of political theory and activism into his art has crossed over into multiple … Continue reading

This week musician and activist Fred Ho will be celebrated at events featuring both signings of the new University of Illinois Press book Yellow Power Yellow Soul and also some screenings of the new documentary Diary of the Dragon: The … Continue reading