John Sinclair Radio Show 721: Chasin’ The Bird


Almost 100 years ago, on August 29, 1920, the great alto saxohonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in KC, Missouri, where he joined the Jay McShann Orchestra in 1941 and began to make his mark on the creative music of the 20th century. In honor of Bird’s birthday we’re presenting an hour of his early music, mostly 78 rpm singles for Savoy and Dial Records cut between November 1945 and the end of 1947, for your listening and dancing pleaure, featuring such sidemen as Miles Davis, Lucky Thompson, Bud Powell, Max Roach, John Lewis, and Dizzy Gillespie. Dig it!


The John Sinclair Foundation Presents



Johanna Studio, Amsterdam Noord, August 30, 2017 [20-1735]


[01] Opening Theme: Yusef Lateef: Happyology

[02] John Sinclair ID, Intro & Opening Comments

[03] Jay McShann: Jumpin’ The Blues (Decca)

[04] Charlie Parker: Now’s the Time (Savoy 573)

[05] Charlie Parker: Billie’s Bounce (Savoy 573)

[06] Charlie Parker: Ko-Ko (Savoy 597)

[07] Charlie Parker: Donna Lee (Savoy 652)

[09] Charlie Parker: Buzzy (Savoy 652)

[10] John Sinclair Comments

[11] Charlie Parker: Ornithology (Dial 1002)

[12] Charlie Parker: A Night in Tunisia (Dial 1002)        

[13] Charlie Parker: Yardbird Suite (Dial 1003)

[14] Charlie Parker: Anthropology (Dial)

[15] Charlie Parker: Scrapple from the Apple (Dial 1021)

[16] Charlie Parker: Klactoveedsedstene (Dial 1040)

[17] John Sinclair Comments

[18] Charlie Parker: Parker’s Mood (Savoy 936)

[19] Charlie Parker: Barbados (Savoy 936)

[20] Charlie Parker: Another Hairdo (Savoy 961)

[21] Charlie Parker: Bluebird (Savoy 961)

[22] Charlie Parker: Half Nelson (Savoy)

[23] Charlie Parker: Merry-Go-Round (Savoy)

[24] John Sinclair Closing Comments & Outro

[25] Closing Music: Charlie Parker: Chasin’ the Bird (Savoy 977)



Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

Special thanks to Steve The Fly, Christian Greer, Tariq Khan & Johanna


© 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation