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Saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker begun enjoying professionally in his early children, turned a heroin addict at sixteen, replaced the process tune, after which died while basically 34 years outdated. His good friend Robert Reisner saw, "Parker, within the short span of his lifestyles, crowded extra dwelling into it than the other human being." Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, he was once a transitional composer and improviser who ushered in a brand new period of jazz by way of pioneering bebop and stimulated next generations of musicians.
Meticulously researched and written, Bird: The lifestyles and tune of Charlie Parker tells the tale of his lifestyles, track, and occupation. This new biography artfully weaves jointly firsthand money owed from those that knew him with new information regarding his existence and profession to create a compelling narrative portrait of a sad genius.
While different books approximately Parker have centred totally on his tune and recordings, this portrait unearths the bothered guy at the back of the song, illustrating how his addictions and struggles with psychological healthiness affected his existence and profession. He was once however beneficiant and miserly; a loving husband and father at domestic yet an incorrigible philanderer at the highway; and a prolonged addict who lectured more youthful musicians concerning the hazards of substances. peculiarly he was once a musician, who overcame humiliation, unhappiness, and a life-threatening vehicle break to take to the air as fowl, a super improviser and composer.

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.

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