Transcription: Charlie Parker, 1943 “Cherokee”

by Alessandra “Mariela” Versola About this Recording “Cherokee” Charlie Parker, alto saxophone Efferge Ware, guitar Phil Phillips, drums 1943, Vic Damon Studio, Kansas City The tune “Cherokee” was written by Ray Noble in 1938 for his “Indian Suite.” This specific recording is a bootleg recording from 1943, during the recording ban. This is a rare […]

Messages from Masters: Jimmy Heath

by Ella Campbell During the past year, Jimmy Heath visited Michigan State University. He performed with one of the big bands and hovered around the jazz program, offering conversation and good company, and gave a master class. A “NastyClass” he proclaimed as he walked into the classroom. He spent some of the time talking about […]

Taking Back the Night

by Maria Navedo Take Back the Night is an annual event to raise awareness about sexual violence, relationship violence, and domestic violence. Usually when it comes up in conversation (So what’s this gig for?), just having the words “sexual” and “violence” next to each other is enough to end the conversation immediately (Oh okay.). That […]