Charlie Parker
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Biography

Nicknamed 'Bird' or 'Yardbird', Parker was one of the most significant and widely imitated improvisers in jazz history. He was one of the main contributors to the development of bebop in the 1940s, having grown up in Kansas City, and ...

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Nicknamed 'Bird' or 'Yardbird', Parker was one of the most significant and widely imitated improvisers in jazz history. He was one of the main contributors to the development of bebop in the 1940s, having grown up in Kansas City, and begun playing professionally as a teenager.

His far-reaching developments to saxophone playing did not begin to occur until after he had been playing for some years, and spent part of 1939 in New York. On his return to the Midwest, after much practice, he joined Jay McShann's orchestra, and his first discs with that band, made in 1941, show the beginnings of his mature style.

He created long, loping lines of melody, stringing together many short themes or motifs, and using notes that related to the higher intervals, (ninths, elevenths and thirteenths,) of the underlying chords. He came to New York with McShann, and soon became renowned around the city for his improvising, especially on the blues, or on the chord sequence of Ray Noble's tune Cherokee.

He remained in the city, sitting in at after hours clubs, and gaining a reputation as a formidable jam-session player. Then he joined Earl Hines's band in the spring of 1943, in which he played alongside Dizzy Gillespie, and they worked together again the following year in Billy Eckstine's band. In 1945, they worked together in a small group in New York and on record, travelling to the West at the end of the year.

In California, Parker's health broke down. After years of drug and alcohol abuse, he checked into a hospital for a cure. He only worked with Gillespie sporadically after that, but his new trumpet partnerships were equally fulfilling, and he shared the front line of his subseuqent quintets with Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Fats Navarro and the young white trumpeter Red Rodney.

In the meantime he established himself as a soloist, appearing on Jazz At The Philharmonic concerts, on tour with Stan Kenton, and also fronting a string orchestra in some highly commercially successful discs and gigs called 'Bird With Strings'. However, from the late 1940s onwards, Parker was always fighting a battle with his inner demons and the pull of drugs and alcohol.

He mixed moments of pure genius with unreliability, and when he died at just 34, the doctor signing his death certificate assumed he was almost twice that age, from his fast-lane lifestyle. Nevertheless, his legacy lives on through the enormous influence he exerted on the majority of saxophonists in the second half of the 20th century.



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Parker’s Mood
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Parker’s Mood Parker’s Mood Parker’s Mood Parker’s Mood
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CONFIRMATION
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CONFIRMATION CONFIRMATION CONFIRMATION CONFIRMATION
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Blues for Alice
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Blues for Alice Blues for Alice Blues for Alice Blues for Alice
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Cool Blues
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Cool Blues Cool Blues Cool Blues Cool Blues
Miles Davis, Tommy Potter, Duke Jordan, Max Roach & Charlie Parker
All The Things That You Are
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All The Things That You Are All The Things That You Are All The Things That You Are All The Things That You Are
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East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
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East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
Charlie Parker
Dark Shadows
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Dark Shadows Dark Shadows Dark Shadows Dark Shadows
Django Bates Beloved & Charlie Parker
My Little Suede Shoes
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My Little Suede Shoes My Little Suede Shoes My Little Suede Shoes My Little Suede Shoes
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Koko
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Koko Koko Koko Koko
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Donna Lee
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Donna Lee Donna Lee Donna Lee Donna Lee
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Billie's Bounce
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Billie's Bounce Billie's Bounce Billie's Bounce Billie's Bounce
Charlie Parker
In the Still of the Night
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In the Still of the Night In the Still of the Night In the Still of the Night In the Still of the Night
Charlie Parker
Autumn In New York
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Autumn In New York Autumn In New York Autumn In New York Autumn In New York
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Just Friends
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Just Friends Just Friends Just Friends Just Friends
Charlie Parker
I Can't Get Started
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I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started I Can't Get Started
Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker, Teddy Kotick, HANK JONES & Max Roach
Laird Bird
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Laird Bird Laird Bird Laird Bird Laird Bird
Charlie Parker & Wayne Gerard,Douglas S. Jones,C. Andyman
BB22: Not rolling over me, Track 14
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BB22: Not rolling over me, Track 14 BB22: Not rolling over me, Track 14 BB22: Not rolling over me, Track 14 BB22: Not rolling over me, Track 14

BB22: Not rolling over me, Track 14

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Wayne Gerard,Douglas S. Jones,C. Andyman
Charlie Parker
Celebrity
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Celebrity Celebrity Celebrity Celebrity
The Charlie Parker Septet
A Night in Tunisia
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A Night in Tunisia A Night in Tunisia A Night in Tunisia A Night in Tunisia
Charlie Parker
A Night In Tunisia
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A Night In Tunisia A Night In Tunisia A Night In Tunisia A Night In Tunisia
Charlie Parker & Charlie Parker
Meandering
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Meandering Meandering Meandering Meandering
Charlie Parker
Another Hair Do
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Another Hair Do Another Hair Do Another Hair Do Another Hair Do
Charlie Parker, Mitch Miller, Stan Freeman, Meyer Rosen, Bronislaw Gimpel, Max Hollander, Milton Lomask, Frank Brieff, Ray Brown, Buddy Rich, Jimmy Carroll & Frank Miller
Everything Happens To Me
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Everything Happens To Me Everything Happens To Me Everything Happens To Me Everything Happens To Me
Charlie Parker Quintet
Ornithology
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Ornithology Ornithology Ornithology Ornithology
Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
Star Eyes
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Star Eyes Star Eyes Star Eyes Star Eyes

Star Eyes

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Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
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Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
Ko Ko
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Ko Ko Ko Ko Ko Ko Ko Ko
Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
Just Friends
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Just Friends Just Friends Just Friends Just Friends

Just Friends

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Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
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Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
Lover Man
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Lover Man Lover Man Lover Man Lover Man

Lover Man

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Alex Garnett, James Pearson, Charlie Parker & Sam Burgess
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Charlie Parker
East Of The Sun
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East Of The Sun East Of The Sun East Of The Sun East Of The Sun
Charlie Parker
Ornithology
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Ornithology Ornithology Ornithology Ornithology
Charlie Parker
My Old Flame
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My Old Flame My Old Flame My Old Flame My Old Flame
Charlie Parker
Lady Be Good
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Lady Be Good Lady Be Good Lady Be Good Lady Be Good
Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker & Charlie Parker Quintet
Perdido (feat. Charlie Parker Quintet)
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Perdido (feat. Charlie Parker Quintet) Perdido (feat. Charlie Parker Quintet) Perdido (feat. Charlie Parker Quintet) Perdido (feat. Charlie Parker Quintet)
Charlie Parker, as; Dizzy Gillespie, t; Bud Powell, p; Charles Mingus, b; Max Roach, d. 15 May 1953 & Charlie Parker
Wee
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Wee Wee Wee Wee

Wee

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Charlie Parker, as; Dizzy Gillespie, t; Bud Powell, p; Charles Mingus, b; Max Roach, d. 15 May 1953 & Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Au Privave
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Au Privave Au Privave Au Privave Au Privave
Miles Davis, t; Charlie Parker, as; Kenny Dorham, t; Al Haig, p; Tommy Potter, b; Max Roach, d.25 December 1950 & Charlie Parker
White Christmas
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White Christmas White Christmas White Christmas White Christmas

White Christmas

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Miles Davis, t; Charlie Parker, as; Kenny Dorham, t; Al Haig, p; Tommy Potter, b; Max Roach, d.25 December 1950 & Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Cherokee
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Cherokee Cherokee Cherokee Cherokee
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