Charlie Parker, saxophonist
birth name: Charles Parker, Jr.

Charlie Parker

August 29, 1920, Kansas City, KS ~ March 12, 1955, New York, NY

One of a handful of musicians who can be said to have permanently changed jazz, Charlie Parker was arguably the greatest saxophonist of all time. He could play remarkably fast lines that, if slowed down to half speed, would reveal that every note made sense. ~ Allmusic: Charlie Parker ~ retrieved August 23, 2013 © Allmusic

Parker played a leading role in the development of Bebop style. ~ McGill Music: Great Sax Players ~ retrieved May 1, 2016 © McGill Music

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Saxophonist Charlie Parker was a reckless virtuoso, whose music embodies the contradictions of the man. He demonstrated complete control of his horn, even as his personal life spun out of control. He was an intellectual who seldom talked about music. An addict who would steal or con for a fix, he was beloved by friends and family. The messianic devotion he still inspires is evidence of the enduring value of his achievements. […] Despite his brief and disorganized career, Parker remains one of the most inspiring and intriguing musicians in jazz. One can only imagine what he would have achieved if he had escaped his demons. The depth and fluidity of his playing remain nearly unparalleled, and his solos are fresh to the ear over fifty years after his death. In one of the few comments he ever made about his playing, Parker summed up his approach as just playing clean and looking for the pretty notes. This simple statement does surprising justice to his music. ~ Encyclopedia: Charlie Parker ~ retrieved August 24, 2013 ©

Charlie Parker ~ Inducted in the 1979 Big Band And Jazz Hall Of Fame.

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