Charlie Parker Graphic Novel 'Chasin' the Bird' Part of Grammys Livestream

Chasin The Bird announce - Dave Chisholm and Peter Markowski -Z2 Comics H 2020
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Dave Chisholm, the creator behind the acclaimed biography, will be part of a live-streamed discussion of Parker's time in California.

Chasin’ The Bird: Charlie Parker in California is one of Z2 Comics’ biggest 2020 releases, a graphic novel about Parker’s two-year stay in Los Angeles from 1945 through ’47, which proved to be one of the most important for the seminal jazz musician — and the book’s creator has an unusual way to promote it.

Cartoonist Dave Chisholm is one of a number of Parker experts and aficionados appearing during the Chasin’ the Bird live-streamed event as part of the Grammy Museum’s Programs at Home series, alongside Grammy-winning jazz bass player Christian McBride, renowned Kansas City jazz saxophonist Bobby Watson, and Charlie Parker biographer Chuck Haddix.

Together, the four — and moderator Scott Goldman — will discuss the period of Bird’s career covered in the graphic novel, which included a residency in Billy Berg’s famous Hollywood jazz club, the recording of some of his most famous and forward-thinking work, as well as a six-month stay in a mental hospital, where he was sent to recover from alcohol and drug addiction after being arrested. (It really was a packed two years for Parker.)

The panel can be streamed here.