February 20, 2020
A biographical film set during the 1930s, '40s, and '50s that traces the life of jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker—from his Bebop Jazz, to his drug problem and legal difficulties.
- 6:30 PM - Pre-show discussion - KNKX's Jim Wilke will host and moderate a pre-show discussion with Seattle-based saxophonist and clarinetist Jacob Zimmerman and Seattle-based saxophonist and singer Stuart MacDonald.
- 7:00 PM - Film
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Saxophone player Charlie "Bird" Parker (Forest Whitaker) comes to New York City in 1940. He is quickly noticed for his remarkable way of playing. He becomes a drug addict, but his loving wife Chan (Diane Venora) tries unsuccessfully to help him. This music-driven film was an Academy Award® winner for Best Sound.
"In this movie and its hot, fast bursts of bop, Charlie Parker gets a fitting elegy. As we watch, a life opens like a slit vein. The smoke curls. The sax cuts. The song pours out. Bird lives."—Michael Wilmington, The Los Angeles Times
- Director: Clint Eastwood
- Principal Cast: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Michael Zelniker, Samuel E. Wright
- Country: USA
- Year: 1988
- Running Time: 161 minutes
- Producer: Clint Eastwood
- Screenplay: Joel Oliansky
- Cinematographers: Jack N. Green
- Language: English