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Composer: Bates, Django (b. 1960)

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Year of birth1960
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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Prom 62: Django Bates impresses with a celebration of Charlie Parker

Django Bates performs at the BBC Proms  ©  BBC/Chris Christodoulou
“None of us have any idea what Parker would have been playing by now: he died 50 years ago. As an optimist I like to think he would have evolved,” Django Bates writes in the programme for Prom 62, remembering a critic’s harsh words regarding a previous Parker-centric performance with a slightly nervous defensiveness. But there’s more in that than there might first appear.
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