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