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Charlie Parker

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(1920 – 1955)

Charles Christopher “Bird” Parker, Jr (29th August 1920 – 12th March 1955) was a U.S. saxophonist and composer. Early in his career Parker was dubbed Yardbird; this was later shortened to “Bird” (or sometimes “Yard”) and remained Parker’s nickname for the rest of his life, and inspiration for the titles of his works such as “Ornithology and Yardbird Suite”.

Parker is commonly considered the greatest bebop jazz musician. In terms of influence and impact, his contribution to jazz was so great that Charles Mingus commented that if Bird were alive today, he would think he was living in a hall of mirrors. Bird’s talent is compared almost without argument to such legendary musicians as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and his reputation and legend as one of the best saxophonists is such that some critics say he was unsurpassed.

A founding figure of bebop, Parker’s innovative approach to melody, rhythm and harmony have exerted an incalculable influence on jazz… Several of Parker’s songs have become standards of the repertoire, and innumerable musicians have studied Parker’s music and absorbed elements of his style.

Parker became an icon for the Beat generation, and was a pivotal figure in the evolving conception of the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual, rather than just a popular entertainer.

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  • Fabula-Nihil

    Happy Birthday Bird

    29 Aug 8:38am Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    He breathed in air, he breathed out light, Charlie Parker was my delight - Adrian Mitchell

    28 Aug 8:51pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    Today is Bird's day

    28 Aug 8:08pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    Bird, I love you.

    6 Aug 8:57pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    Genious.♥

    29 Apr 10:43pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    "...the neighbours threatened to ask my mother to move once when we were living out West. They said I was driving them crazy with the horn. I used to put in at least 11 to 15 hours a day [...] I did that for over a period of 3 to 4 years." Charlie Parker - 1954 =))

    20 Apr 9:56pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    There are only two forms of jazz : before Charlie Parker and after Charlie Parker (c)

    20 Apr 9:52pm Reply
  • Marpul23

    Beautiful interpretations of Charlie Parker compositions have been played during Gateshead International Jazz Festival (4-6 April 2014) REVIEW and PHOTOS! http://www.laboratoriummuzycznychfuzji.com/2014/04/koncertownia-gateshead-international.html

    16 Apr 1:27pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    Он лучший и спорить с этим глупо))With love for bird))

    14 Apr 8:36pm Reply
  • TasteTheLight

    @Occulta66 Bebop doesn't rock! BEBOP BOPS!

    1 Apr 10:54am Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    I love him very very very much ♥

    28 Mar 11:51pm Reply
  • PeaceloveK

    Genious of saxophone.♥ ♥ ♥

    26 Mar 5:08pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    революционер джаза, не думаю, что его творчество вообще нуждается в каких-то комментариях

    9 Feb 11:58am Reply
  • ChelovekZZ

    как же он потрясен , только недавно это понял

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Carpe4Diem

    Мой любимый джазмен

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • blinovskikh

    God Of Jazz

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    don't forget dizzy

    14 Sep 2013 Reply
  • swan00

    Now's The Time!

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • DerekMcA

    stop calling it 'the gear', you're frightening my children.

    3 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TotenFaschist

    What a waste,Its just sad a brilliant horn player like Bird couldnt lay off the gear,once he became addicted,the gear became his best friend,he would listen to no one,and it killed him,the gear is bad,it dont care what color you are,man or woman,it kills every thing that befriends it, eventually,and only 1% ever kick,stay off The Gear!

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
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