Rare Performance of Charlie Parker’s Classic Recordings

SEPTEMBER 13 (NEW YORK) – On September 30, Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts presents a very special concert of the complete “Bird with Strings” arrangements.

Under the direction of Justin DiCioccio (MM ’71), the MSM Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra and guest soloist Vincent Herring (alto sax) will interpret Charlie Parker’s original 1949-50 recordings of these arrangements for the Verve label, with producer Norman Granz at the helm. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the newly renamed Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly John C. Borden Auditorium) at Manhattan School of Music.

Charlie Parker had long wanted to record with strings and finally won over Verve producer Norman Granz, recording two albums of jazz standards with a mixed group of jazz and chamber musicians. Both albums were released in 1950. In 1995, almost a half century later, a CD reissue compiled the two original albums, with additional live tracks from a September 1950 concert at Carnegie Hall and four additional tracks from a subsequent studio session in 1952.

On the recordings, Parker’s lush artistry floated above beautiful orchestral settings on standards, including “Just Friends,” “Everything Happens to Me,” “April in Paris,” “I Didn’t Know What Time it Was,” “Easy to Love,” among others.

“Charlie Parker was the leading innovative trend-setter of Modern Jazz,” says Associate Dean and Chair of MSM’s Jazz Arts program Justin DiCioccio, who will direct this eagerly anticipated MSM performance on September 30. “We are thrilled to be performing his complete set of string arrangements with premier saxophonist Vincent Herring as the evening’s special guest soloist.”


Friday, September 30, 7:30 PM, Neidorff-Karpati Hall (formerly Borden Auditorium)
Justin DiCioccio, Music Director
Vincent Herring, alto saxophone

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Caryn Toriaga | Manager of Public Relations
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Manhattan School of Music is one of the first conservatories in the United States to acknowledge the importance of jazz as an art form by establishing undergraduate and graduate degree programs in jazz. It is also one of the richest programs of its kind, thanks to systematic and rigorous conservatory training combined with a myriad of performance and networking opportunities in New York City. In addition to a variety of small combos, student ensembles include the Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Concert Jazz Band, Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Philharmonic, and Chamber Jazz Orchestra. Under the leadership of longtime faculty member and eminent jazz artist-and-educator Justin DiCioccio, the program strives to produce students who perform, compose, and teach with equal facility and passion.

Justin DiCioccio, Associate Dean/Chair
Chris Rosenberg, Manager of Jazz Arts Administration
Stephanie Crease, Senior Coordinator
Andrew Neesley, Assistant Coordinator


Founded as a settlement music school by Janet Daniels Schenck in 1918, today Manhattan School of Music is recognized for its 950 superbly talented undergraduate and graduate students who come from more than 50 countries and nearly all 50 states; a world-renowned artist-teacher faculty; and innovative curricula. The School is dedicated to the personal, artistic, and intellectual development of aspiring musicians, from its Precollege students through those pursuing postgraduate studies.
Offering both classical and jazz training – and, beginning in fall 2016, a Bachelor's degree program in musical theater – MSM grants Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees, as well as the Professional Studies Certificate and Artist Diploma. Additionally, true to MSM's origins as a music school for children, the Precollege program continues to offer superior music instruction to young musicians between the ages of five and 18. The School also serves some 2,000 New York City schoolchildren through its Arts-in-Education Program, and another 2,000 students through its critically acclaimed Distance Learning Program.