A tribute to the life of mic of the jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker.
It's a Jazz Fest Free-for-All from WXXI and the Little Theatre! Every night of the Jazz Fest, we're proud to bring you a free screening of a jazz film. Kicking off the nine days, on Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m. is Bird, the 1988 American biographical film about Charles 'Bird" Parker, produced by Clint Eastwood of a screenplay written by Joel Oliansky.
The film is constructed as a montage of scenes from Parker's life, from his childhooe in Kansas City through his early death at the age of 34. Forest Whitaker's performance as Parker earned him the Best Actor award at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nomination. In addition, the film also won an Academy Award for Best Sound.
Watch the trailer: