Free Bridge Quintet

Bird Song: The Music of Charlie Parker"
October 22, 2022 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall on the UVA Grounds
$15 / $13 for UVA Faculty & Staff / $5 for Students / Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance

On Saturday October 22nd at 8pm the Free Bridge Quintet will present "Bird Song: The Music of Charlie Parker" in Old Cabell Hall.  Originally, the group had planned this concert for the spring of 2020 to honor the centennial of Charlie "Bird" Parker's birth, but then covid intervened.  At last, the FBQ is able to wish this groundbreaking pioneer a very belated Happy 100th Birthday.
The concert will feature some of the alto saxophonist's greatest hits including Confirmation, Donna Lee, Chasin' the Bird and Parker's Mood. The quintet will feature their very own dynamic saxophonist, Jeff Decker, along with John D’earth on trumpet, Robert Jospé on drums, Peter Spaar on bass and their newest member, Calvin Brown on piano. The quintet has been a staple of the UVA/Charlottesville jazz scene, and of the greater Central Virginia jazz scene, for over two decades. Its members are internationally recognized jazz performers and recording artists.

Tickets for the Free Bridge Quintet are $15 General, $13 for UVA Faculty & Staff, $5 for Students and Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance.  Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Box Office at or by calling 434.924.3376 and at the door, starting one hour before the concert.


Pre-Concert Interview on WTJU:
Free Bridge Quintet trumpeter John D’earth will join WTJU host Russell Perry between 9:00 – 10:30 AM on October 21 to talk about the UVA faculty jazz quintet’s concert scheduled for 8 PM at Old Cabell Hall on Saturday October 22. The concert , “Bird Song: The Music of Charlie Parker” is a belated celebration of the 100th anniversary of jazz master Charlie Parker’s birth.  You can tune in here:

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Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. (map) Parking is available in the central grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.

For more information please call the Department of Music at 434.924.3052.

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UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176