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    Posted: 02 Jun 2024 at 3:00pm

After 70 Years, Late Daughter of Jazz Legend Charlie Parker FINALLY Has Her Namesake Song with

“Pree’s Wings©”



GIO WASHINGTON-WRIGHT - Pree’s Wings cover


May 20, 2024 Locust Valley, NY – It has been a very long wait, but, with the combined efforts of three celebrated jazz musicians – and with the approval of the step-daughter of the great Charlie Parker – we proudly announce the release of “Pree’s Wings,” a composition and recording that not only adds to the Parker legacy, but fills a significant historical and musical void that has lasted nearly 70 years!


As is well-known, Parker composed two brilliant jazz compositions for his children, “Kim,” for step-daughter Kim and “Baird Laird” for his natural son with Chan Richardson. However, Bird never composed a song for daughter “Pree” who, seriously ill from birth, tragically died as a toddler. Parker attempted suicide and died not long after on March 12, 1955.         


After lengthy conversations with Parker’s still-surviving jazz vocalist step-daughter, Kim – and receiving her approval, three internationally known jazz artists, trumpeter/writer, Nick Mondello, saxophonist/arranger/composer, Gio Washington-Wright, and vocalist/lyricist, Giacomo Gates - each a lifelong acolyte of Parker’s legacy - combined forces to compose both an instrumental and vocal original composition dedicated to Kim Parker and named after the child who never had a Parker-composed song dedicated to her – “Pree’s Wings.”


“There’s always been a significant void in the Parker canon, both musically and historically, that Bird sadly never got around to writing a tune for Pree. I wanted to ensure that we would present Kim with a production that was worthy in every way to remember Pree,” stated Mondello. “And, as concept producer and confidant of Kim, I also knew which truly outstanding jazz artists – both devotees of Parker and the Bop tradition - could bring the project to fruition with musical and historical respect – Gio and Giacomo. No two better," he added.   


The instrumental version “Pree’s Wings” was recorded in Dallas featuring alto saxophonist Washington-Wright and under his leadership with Mondello consulting on the production. “Pree’s Wings” is available for download now at Bandcamp (at https://giowashingtonwright.bandcamp.com/track/prees-wings-single) and will also be released via You Tube and via all streaming outlets. A vocal version incorporating Giacomo Gates’ fine lyrics will be subsequently performed by him.


Nick Mondello is an active pro trumpeter, educator, composer, internationally-recognized author/jazz critic, recording and radio program producer, jazz festival and documentary film consultant, Fillius Jazz Archive A+R resource, and an in-demand media consultant. He attended the Berklee School of Music and has performed at the Montreal, Prescott, and Gold Coast Jazz Festivals, is the author of “365 Trumpet Lessons,” has consulted on a dozen published music-related books, has written over 1300 music educational compositions, and published over a thousand recording reviews, articles, and profiles for All About Jazz and many other media outlets.


Gio-Washington-Wright is an internationally celebrated and in-demand saxophonist and woodwind recording artist. composer-arranger, producer, clinician/educator and music education executive. A graduate of the University of North Texas, Washington-Wright is world-renowned for his composing, arranging and orchestration efforts for artists such as Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Meghan Trainor, and many others. He’s a frequently-quoted jazz historian, transcription authority, and recognized expert on film soundtracks and histories, recording studio personnel, and the Los Angeles and other major recording studios. He developed and curates the informative web presence, “L.A. Studio Musicians” and collaborates on music projects worldwide.                            


Giacomo Gates is an authentic jazz singer, one of the best old-school male jazz singers working today - one who’s as influenced by instrumentalists as he is other vocalists, and brings the bebop, scat, and vocalese with adventure, innovation, and miles of finesse.

“Mr. Gates is a solid example of a performer who is doing something that no one else does. He evokes an age (that I would hope is not so terribly bygone) when musicians were entertainers and entertainers were musicians, and a sense of humor was as important as a sense of rhythm.”- Will Friedwald

Known for his interaction with live audiences, through witty patter and informative introductions, every performance becomes a lesson in jazz history. Giacomo's sheer joy, exuberance, wit, and unlimited creativity make him one of jazz's most compelling artists. He has performed in major US clubs, festivals, and at countless universities and jazz societies, along with performing and teaching in Canada, Europe, Russia, and Australia. Giacomo’s enormous appeal and popularity are obvious from the many repeat engagements at these venues. Gates has ten heavily acclaimed CD’s, all charting in the Top 20 with two #1 recordings, for six and twelve weeks. He has been a featured guest on several other recordings, including rewriting the narration on a big band jazz version of “Peter and the Wolf.” “Gates is simply unique.” - L.A. Jazz Scene


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"PREE'S WINGS" is now available at Bandcamp and on all streaming platforms.



Edited by snobb - 02 Jun 2024 at 3:03pm
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