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Charlie Parker

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: August 29, 1920 | Died: March 12, 1955    

Charlie Parker

The only child of Charles and Addie Parker, Charlie Parker was one of the most important and influential saxophonists and jazz players of the 1940’s.

When Parker was still a child, his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where jazz, blues and gospel music were flourishing. His first contact with music came from school, where he played baritone horn with the school’s band. When he was 15, he showed a great interest in music and a love for the alto saxophone. Soon, Parker was playing with local bands until 1935, when he left school to pursue a music career.

From 1935 to 1939, Parker worked in Kansas City with several local jazz and blues bands from which he developed his art. In 1939, Parker visited New York for the first time, and he stayed for nearly a year working as a professional musician and often participating in jam sessions. The New York atmosphere greatly influenced Parker's musical style....
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  • Charlie Parker With Strings

    Magneoton
    2013
  • 3 Original Albums

    Magneoton
    2013
  • Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter

    Magneoton
    2012
  • Charlie Parker: The Complete Masters 1941-54


    2012
  • Complete Bird At The Bandbox

    Magneoton
    2012
  • Complete Royal Roost Broadcasts

    Magneoton
    2012
  • Anthology

    Magneoton
    2011
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