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New York City 40's | It was Charlie Parker, familiarly known to his fans and fellow musicians as “Bird,” a contraction of Yardbird, his formal nickname, who was the dynamic creative personality and genius of the alto saxophone who served as the inspiration for Birdland. When the original Birdland opened sixty years ago in December, 1949, Charlie Parker was the headliner and the club was located on Broadway, a block west of the 52nd Street scene, which was a hotbed of jazz in the 1930s and…

Main entrance of the Birdland night club at 1678 Broadway, Manhattan, The club was named after Charlie Parker. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Chet Baker with Jimmy Rowles, Carson Smith and Charlie Parker Los Angeles 1953 Photo William Claxton

Chet Baker with Jimmy Rowles, Carson Smith and Charlie Parker Los Angeles 1953 William Claxton

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton ranks among the greatest names in jazz history, having worked with a who's who of jazz musicians, from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to Charlie Parker, Charles Mingus, and Quincy Jones. In 1992, he was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Hamp was blaring at our house!

Lionel Leo Hampton (April 1908 – August was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor.

Chet Baker.

Chet Baker, by Pieter Boersma At the International Jazz Festival in Laren (The Netherlands), August 1975

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