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Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker (Saxophone)

Born: 29th August 1920, Kansas City, Kansas, USA

Died: 12th March 1955, Manhattan, New York, USA

Nationality: Ameican

Charles Parker Jr. nicknamed "Bird" and "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 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.

Further Reading: Charlie Parker

 Anniversary, Charlie Parker at 100: Essential Recordings

Celebrating the genius of Charlie Parker on his 100th birthday, we assess the man's essential recordings.

All Genres: Charlie Parker

Bebop

Big Band & Swing

Hard Bop

Vocal Jazz