Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy Birthday: Charlie Parker, Bogle, Beres Hammond

Charlie "Bird" Parker
(August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955)

Charlie "Bird" Parker, born Charles Parker Jr. was a Jazz composer and saxophonist considered one of the most influential musicians in the genre with Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Parker played a leading role in the development of Bebop or bop, a form of Jazz that developed in the early to mid 1940's and characterized by fast tempos, instrumental virtuosity, technique, and improvisation based on harmonic structure. Along with his playing agility and virtuosic techniques, Parker was also a great Blues player. At times he was noted for fusing Jazz with Classical, Latin and other musical styles.


Gerald "Bogle" Levy
(August 22, 1964 – January 20, 2005)

Gerald "Bogle" Levy, who's stage name is after Jamaican national hero Paul Bogle, was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He's also known as Mr. Wacky, Father Bogle, Mr. Bogle and highly considered Jamaica's greatest dancer of all time, and he created the crossover dance move of the 90's called the "Bogle Dance", as well as other popular dances like Willie Bounce, Wacky Dip, Sesame Street, Urkle Dance, Row Di Boat, and many many other dance moves. He also made appearances in the movies Belly (1998) and Shottas (2002).

Bogle: "It's nice to be important, but more important to be nice."


Beres Hammond

Beres Hammond, born Hugh Beresford Hammond on August 28, 1955 in Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica is known for his more soulful approach to Reggae and the Lovers Rock form of Dancehall. He grew up listening to his father's Soul and Jazz records, but heavily influenced by native Ska and Rocksteady. In the mid 70's he joined the band Zap Pow and released a number of recording with the band on Aquarius Records, while at the same time seeking a solo career. In 1976 he released a solo album called Soul Reggae.

Beres Hammond started his Harmony Records label in 1985 and released his Make A Song album that contained Dancehall chart toppers "Groovy Little Thing" and "What One Dance Can Do". On Tappa Records he recorded and released Putting Up Resistance that contained the hit socio-political title track and "Strange". He went on to sign with Penthouse Records in 1990 where he gained his biggest success and recorded "Tempted To Touch", "I Wish", "Who Say" with Buju Banton, as well as many other hits.

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