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Charlie Parker nominated by Ken Clarke

Jazz sax player Charlie Parker, known as Bird, who died aged 34

From Kansas City to New York, young Charlie Parker conquered the world of jazz.. He was famous during his life, and even more famous after he died aged 34. He's nominated here by former health minister, home secretary and chancellor of the exchequer, Kenneth Clarke. Together with Richard Williams and Val Wilmer, Ken recounts what made Bird great, and why he died so very young.

"If you look at the street scenes of Harlem in 1940, it was a squalid place. Club life in New York was probably a smart escape." Ken Clarke

The programme also includes clips by Dizzy Gillespie and Annie Ross. and music such as Koko and Now's the Time.
The presenter is Matthew Parris, and the producer in Bristol is Miles Warde.

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28 minutes

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  • Tue 7 Jan 2020 16:30
  • Fri 10 Jan 2020 23:00

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