The opening day of Reykjavík Jazz 2020 marks the birthday of alto saxophone player and jazz legend Charlie Parker. Considered by most a trailblazer for modern jazz music, Parker was born on August 29th 1920, exactly 100 years ago. To celebrate his birthday, a tribute concert will take at Harpa where local altoist par excellance, Sigurður Flosason, will lead musicians at the forefront of Icelandic jazz- and classical genres in a performance of tunes from the master’s two legendary “Charlie Parker with Strings” albums from 1950. These records were Parker’s most popular sellers during his lifetime, and were admitted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988.
These records were loved by many but to some the arrangements sounded corny and untasteful. Today though, these records are considered to be masterpieces. Charlie Parker was enthusiastic about classical music and kept up to date on developments within that genre. He had wanted to record with strings for a long time and eventually was able to convince his record company to support him in doing so.
Sigurður Flosason: alto saxophone
Anna Gréta Sigurðardóttir: piano
Johan Tengholm: double bass
Einar Scheving: drums
Peter Tompkins: oboe, English horn
Matthías Stefánsson: violin
Margrét Þorsteinsdóttir: violin
Eyjólfur Alfreðsson: viola
Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir: cello