Charlie Parker: In the Latin Universe

“South of the Border: The Latin Side of Charlie Parker!” will serve as a tribute to the saxophonist’s foray into “the Latin Tinge,”
Charlie Parker's "South of the Border" album

“Most people are not familiar with the Latin side of Charlie Parker,” Claes Brondal said last week. The musician, who organizes the weekly Jam Session at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor, will be on drums on Jan. 14 for the fourth concert in a series that brings world-class musicians to the Southampton Arts Center. 

“South of the Border: The Latin Side of Charlie Parker!” will serve as a tribute to the saxophonist’s foray into “the Latin Tinge,” as Latin music’s influence on American music and culture is known, best exemplified by “South of the Border,” a collaboration with the band led by the Afro-Cuban jazz musician Machito. Recorded mostly in 1951 and ’52, “South of the Border” features the Chico and Arturo O’Farrill-penned “Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite,” an epic 17-minutes-plus composition, among other “Latinized” selections. 

“It was a period of a few years where he was into the Latin universe,” Mr. Brondal said of Parker. 

Mr. Brondal, who also serves as music director, has assembled a group comprising Morris Goldberg on alto saxophone, Diego Urcola on trumpet, Bill O’Connell on piano, Marcus McLaurine on bass, and Cristian Rivera on percussion. Mr. Goldberg, who is from South Africa, performed on Paul Simon’s “Graceland” album; Mr. Urcola, from Buenos Aires, is a three-time Grammy Award nominee who has been a member of the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet for 25 years. Mr. O’Connell, “one of the hottest Latin jazz players in the city,” Mr. Brondal said, leads the Latin Jazz All-Stars and has played with artists including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Gato Barbieri, and Astrud Gilberto. Mr. McLaurine has toured with the trumpeter Clark Terry for 25 years and has played with artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Burrell, and the Count Basie Orchestra. 

The series, which launched in October with another concert focusing on Afro-Cuban jazz, is intended to “represent a wide variety of styles, all under the jazz umbrella,” Mr. Brondal said. “We are presenting it in a format that is inclusive, and will make it a wholesome experience by including food relating to the style.” The food, included with the cost of admission, will be provided by Union Cantina in Southampton. 

The concerts have been well received, Mr. Brondal said, with a capacity audience at each. With the exception of March, the monthly series will continue through June. Next month, Mr. Brondal will present “Beneath the Underdog,” featuring a group performing music of Charles Mingus. The title, he explained, comes from the late bassist’s autobiography, which called “wild, lyrical, and anguished . . . a jumble, but a glorious one, by a certified American genius.” 

Tickets for “South of the Border: The Latin Side of Charlie Parker!” on Jan. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Southampton Arts Center on Job’s Lane are $15, $5 for children, and are available at

Correction: An earlier version of this story referred to the restaurant as Urban Cantina.