The late great saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker, master innovator of jazz music and "King of Bebop". Thank you Bird! R.I.P.
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"Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you." -Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker started playing as a boy, when his mother gave him a saxophone to cheer him up after his father left. He went on to spearhead a musical revolution – nd

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)

Bird (a biography of Charlie Parker played by Forest Whittaker).

Charlie “BIRD” Parker on Savoy Vol. 1 Kerouac loved listening to Charlie Parker!

Charlie "Bird" Parker

& you learn the instrument, then you learn the music, then you forget all that shit and just play.

Charles Mingus (bass), Roy Haynes (drums), Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Park

Charles Mingus, Roy Haynes, Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker jam at The Open Door in Greenwich Village, Sept 1953


This hour it’s the life and legend of the great Charlie Parker. We’ll talk with Charlie Parker historian Phil Schaap about Bird’s life and music—from his early years as a Kansas City kid who didn’t…