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Charlie Parker

American jazz saxophonist and composer

Charlie Parker

American jazz saxophonist and composer
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birthday
29th
August, 1920
Death
12th
March, 1955
Birth Place
Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.
Birth Sign
virgo
Biography

Charles Parker Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), 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. This, and the shortened form “Bird”, continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as “Yardbird Suite”, “Ornithology”, “Bird Gets the Worm”, and “Bird of Paradise”. Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.

instruments played
alto
and
saxophone
Tenor
Also Known As

Bird, Yardbird

Associated Acts

Dizzy Gillespie Miles Davis Chet Baker Fats Navarro Red Rodney Sonny Stitt Lucky Thompson Don Byas Bud Powell Thelonious Monk Max Roach Roy Haynes

Birth Name

Charles Parker Jr.

Genres

Jazz bebop

Origin

Kansas City, Missouri

Years Active

1937 1955

Name

Charlie Parker

Nationality

United States of America

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