Charlie Parker

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Date of Birth August 29, 1920
Place of Birth Kansas City, Kansas
Date of Death Mar 12, 1955 (34)
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Charlie Parker

Charles Parker Jr., nicknamed "Bird" and "Yardbird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and advanced harmonies. Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso and introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas into jazz, including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. Primarily a player of the alto saxophone, Parker's tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career on the road with Jay McShann. This, and the shortened form "Bird", continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Bird Gets the Worm", and "Bird of Paradise".

Birth name: Charles Parker Jr.
Also known as: Bird, Yardbird
Born: August 29, 1920, Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Origin: Kansas City, Missouri
Died: March 12, 1955, New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres: Jazz, bebop
Occupation(s): Musician, composer
Instruments: Alto and tenor saxophone
Years active: 1937–1955
Labels: United States: Savoy, Dial, Verve, Mercury United Kingdom: Esquire, Vogue, EMI Columbia
Associated acts: Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Miles Davis
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About Charlie Parker

Jazz saxophonist known for his solo improvisations. He is considered one of the founders of the genre of bebop. He was often referred to by his fans as "Yardbird."

Charlie Parker Before Fame

He joined his high school's band with a rented saxophone.

Achievement of Charlie Parker

He was called the Bird and his songs "Anthropology," "Ornithology," and "Confirmation" have become standards.

Charlie Parker Family Life

He married Chan Parker in 1950 and they raised two children together.

Associations of Charlie Parker

He was once part of a duo with Dizzy Gillespie.

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