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By Parker, Charlie; Parker, Charlie; Haddix, Chuck

Saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker all started taking part in professionally in his early teenagers, grew to become a heroin addict at sixteen, replaced the process song, after which died whilst basically 34 years outdated. His pal Robert Reisner saw, "Parker, within the short span of his lifestyles, crowded extra residing into it than the other human being." Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, he was once a transitional composer and improviser who ushered in a brand new period of jazz through pioneering bebop and inspired next generations of musicians.
Meticulously researched and written, Bird: The lifestyles and tune of Charlie Parker tells the tale of his lifestyles, tune, and occupation. This new biography artfully weaves jointly firsthand debts from those that knew him with new information regarding his lifestyles and profession to create a compelling narrative portrait of a sad genius.
While different books approximately Parker have concentrated totally on his tune and recordings, this portrait unearths the guy at the back of the tune, illustrating how his addictions and struggles with psychological overall healthiness affected his existence and profession. He used to be on the other hand beneficiant and miserly; a loving husband and father at domestic yet an incorrigible philanderer at the highway; and a prolonged addict who lectured more youthful musicians in regards to the hazards of gear. primarily he was once a musician, who overcame humiliation, sadness, and a life-threatening automobile spoil to take to the air as chicken, a super improviser and composer.

With in-depth learn into formerly neglected assets and illustrated with numerous never-before-seen photographs, Bird: The lifestyles and song of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fable approximately the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

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Leonard groomed Charlie for stardom with the band, billing him as Buster’s Tune • 37 the ‘Saxaphonist [sic] Supreme” for a Christmas night dance at Dreamland Hall, located at Cottage and Vine. Just as Charlie’s star rose with the band, he began missing practices and engagements. His frequent absences threw the band off. Leonard, who was determined to lead the Rockets to national fame, had little patience for Charlie’s transgressions, and let Charlie go in late January 1939. ”35 On February 11, 1940, Leonard returned Charlie’s union card to Local 627.

Wolf’s served up a stage show featuring shake dancers, female impersonators, and comedians along with a 34 • chapter 2 well-stocked buffet. A stream of patrons circulated between Wolf’s, Lucille’s Paradise, and other clubs dotting the Eighteenth and Vine area. With the help of Walter Bales, a wealthy white patron, McShann moved uptown to Clair Martin’s Plaza Tavern located on the Country Club Plaza, a fashionable shopping district, located west of Main Street on Forty-Seventh Street. The Plaza, which was modeled after the architecture of Kansas City’s sister city, Seville, Spain, catered to the wealthy country club set.

His musical transformation astounded musicians who knew 26 • chapter 2 him prior to his Ozarks sojourn. Gene Ramey explained, “In the summer of 1937 Bird took a job with George E. Lee in the Ozarks region of Missouri. ” Ramey added, “Basie’s ‘Jones-Smith’ record had come out and Bird startled everybody by playing Lester Young’s solo on Lady Be Good note for note. ‘Here comes this guy,’ the cats used to say. ”7 Equipped with his new alto, seventeen-year-old Charlie became an in-demand soloist on Twelfth Street.

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