Academy Award-winning director Clint Eastwood (Letters from Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers), a well-known, long-standing jazz aficionado, delivers a compassionate portrait of jazz visionary Charlie Yardbird Parker. Eastwood, who won a Golden Globe for Best Director for this film, also paints a vivid portrait of the jazz world in all its complexity. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Phone Booth), as Parker, provides a multifaceted performance that helps provide an understanding of the man's genius, and tragedy. Co-starring Diane Venora (The Insider, Heat), who along with Whitaker was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in this picture, Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, The Hudsucker Proxy), John Witherspoon (the Friday movie series, TV's The Wayans Bros.) and Tony Cox (Bad Santa, Epic Movie). This music-driven film was an Academy Award-winner for Best Sound.