Charlie Parker, byname of Charles Parker, Jr., also called Bird or Yardbird, (born August 29, , Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.—died March 12, , New York City, New York), American alto saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, a lyric artist generally considered the . Charles "Charlie" Parker Jr. (August 29, – March 12, ), 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.
Charlie Parker, American musician, was one of the most widely influential soloists in jazz history and one of the creators of a new style of playing called bop, or bebop. Charlie Parker was a pioneering jazz saxophonist and composer, famous for his role in founding the innovative bebop style of jazz in the early s. He was born on August 29, , in Kansas City, Kansas, to Charles Parker, Sr. and Addie Boxley Parker.
Charlie Parker, who was a legendary figure during his lifetime, has if anything grown in stature since his death. Virtually all of his studio recordings are available on CD along with a countless number of radio broadcasts and club appearances. Clint Eastwood put together a well-intentioned if simplified movie about aspects of his life (Bird). Charlie Parker was born as Charles Christopher Parker Jr. on August 29, , in Kansas City in the state of Kansas. His father, Charles Parker, was a pianist, dancer and singer of African-American ancestry while his mother, Addie Parker, was a charwoman of Native-American origin. Charlie was their only child.
Aug 29, · In his 34 years on Earth, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker made such an impact on 20th-century music—from its composition and improvisation to its . In the second of a two-part Jazz Profiles, we look at Parker's life and career from the acclaim of the mids until his death in After a two-month .
Mar 01, · The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker,” Ross Russell notes the effect that McShann’s radio broadcasts from the Savoy Ballroom had on John Lewis, then a student at the. Jun 22, · Throughout his adult life, Parker's battles with heroin addiction, alcoholism and mental illness caused turbulence in his career and personal relationships. By the time Parker married Rebecca.