By Parker, Charlie; Parker, Charlie; Haddix, Chuck
With in-depth study into formerly ignored resources and illustrated with numerous never-before-seen pictures, Bird: The lifestyles and song of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fable approximately essentially the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
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The Kansas City Journal-Post noted the band’s new lineup. “The Jay McShann and George E. Lee dance bands are attracting comment at the Plaza tavern and the Brookside tavern, respectively, both operated by Clair Martin. McShann, a pianist, features the singing of Selma Long, Jesse Price and Bob Mabane. Billy Smith’s trumpet, William Scott’s tenor and Charlie Parker’s alto sax also are prominent. ”31 On Friday, November 11, Charlie and the McShann band shared the bill with Harlan Leonard’s Kansas City Rockets at the newly refurbished Gold Crown Tap Room at Twelfth and Highland.
Union members dedicated their new hall on May 4, 1930. On Halloween 1935, George E. Lee brought the Chords of Rhythm into the ranks of Local 627. Lee had recently disbanded what remained of his orchestra after a nine-month tour of the Midwest and South. An overbearing Kansas City Blues • 19 bandleader, Lee drove his band great distances between engagements. His band members, tired of traveling for little pay, deserted, one by one, until only a handful remained. Returning to Kansas City, Lee lined up a Halloween engagement at Paseo Hall.
When Charlie faltered while playing “Honeysuckle Rose,” drummer Jo Jones threw a cymbal at his feet. The audience echoed Jones’s gesture of displeasure with a chorus of caterwauls. As Gene Ramey described the incident, “I remember one night in particular when we were to jam with Basie, and Charlie made no answer. Jo Jones waited until Bird started to play and, suddenly, in order to show how he felt about Bird, he threw a cymbal across the dance floor. It fell with a deafening sound, and Bird, in humiliation, packed up his instrument and left.