Charlie Parker (Saxophone)
Born: 29th August 1920, Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Died: 12th March 1955, Manhattan, New York, USA
Charles Parker Jr. nicknamed "Bird" or "Yardbird", was an American jazz saxophonist, band leader 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 an extremely brilliant virtuoso and introduced revolutionary rhythmic and 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.
Further Reading: Charlie Parker
Celebrating the genius of Charlie Parker on his 100th birthday, we assess the man's essential recordings.