Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker



Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.[1]

Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop,[2] a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies. Parker was a blazingly fast virtuoso, and he introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career.[3] This, and the shortened form "Bird", continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspiring the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Bird Gets the Worm", and "Bird of Paradise". Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.[4]



Charlie Parker on Dial
Charlie Parker on Dial: The Complete Sessions is a 1993 four-disc box set collecting jazz saxophonist and composer Charlie Parker's 1940s recordings for Dial Records.
The Charlie Parker Story
The Charlie Parker Story is an LP record by Charlie Parker, released posthumously by Savoy Records.
Bird and Diz
Bird and Diz is a studio album by jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
The Genius of Charlie Parker
The Genius of Charlie Parker is an LP record by Charlie Parker, released posthumously by Savoy Records.

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Dan Block Wins Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize
JazzTimes Magazine  –  June 29, 2016
The Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Foundation, on June 22, awarded saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Dan Block the 17th-annual Charlie Parker Jazz Composition Prize at the 28th-annual BMI Jazz Composers Workshop Concert in New York City.
Never Before Released Charlie Parker Sessions on 'Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes' Out Today
Broadway World  –  July 1, 2016
Discovering previously unheard music is a consistent hope ... of the Border;" the orchestral Charlie Parker including his masterpieces with strings; standard Big Band; and Parker's prescient view of the Third Stream. Unheard Birdtouches on all of these ...
See Native American and Celtic Musician Arvel Bird at Newland Concert Series, Fri. July 29
High Country Press  –  July 26, 2016
Celebrate the seventh week of Newland’s free summer concert series Friday, July 29 with Native American and Celtic musician Arvel ... American Southwest, Bird was classically trained on the violin and explored different styles of music as he found ...
Mahler, Paper Bird highlights of upcoming Colorado Music Festival
Daily Camera  –  July 29, 2016
Colorado's Paper Bird wraps up Mash-Ups Denver-based Paper Bird ... that the band is excited for the opportunity and loves the arrangements of their music by Boulder composer Conor Brown. "We have been thrown into categories like indie, bluegrass, country ...
Inside Bird And Beckett, Glen Park's Bookstore, Record Shop, & Events Space  –  July 30, 2016
Photo: Angela Bennett Most notably, Bird and Beckett hosts live jazz on Fridays, Saturdays ... The newest weekly series at the shop is Sunday night's "Canyon Moonlight Music," which began last September. It was created to support musicians who lost ...
David Bowie, Nick Cave, Of Montreal, Scooby Doo & Wallis Bird star in Free Music Friday
Hot Press  –  August 5, 2016
Free Music Friday is currently holed up in that urban wasteland of despair, AKA post-Brexit London. The feeling of impending cultural Armageddon hasn’t stopped us putting together another damn fine (even if we do say so ourselves!) collection of ...
Review: Lori McKenna’s Gentle Rue Shimmers on ‘The Bird & the Rifle’
New York Times  –  August 3, 2016
Halfway hidden in the hit factories of country music are songwriters like Lori McKenna, who quietly maintains her own recording career while others put her songs on the charts. “The Bird & the Rifle” is her 10th studio album in 17 years, and her most ...
Diplo And MIA Have A New Single Titled “Bird Song” Coming Up
We Got This Covered  –  July 31, 2016
What a lot of dance music fans may not realize though ... MIA took to Twitter yesterday to tease her upcoming single with Diplo and Blaqstarr titled “Bird Song,” sharing an image to reveal the song’s release date is August 12. Now that Diplo and ...
Steamer, thresher show boosts Bird City
Hays Daily News  –  July 31, 2016
every year. Sharon Beougher, a music teacher from Louisville, Ky., has played it at the show for more than 30 years. Sharon’s husband, Tim Beougher, grew up in Bird City and is the show’s vice president. “It only has 10 keys, so it limits the music ...
Say ‘Good Bye July’ with live music, dancing, helping out White Bird
Register-Guard  –  July 30, 2016
Bid July ado on Saturday, July 30 with live music, dancing and a little community awareness in Kesey Square at Broadway and Willamette Street. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., the “Good Bye July” event benefits nonprofit White Bird and Cahoots that serve the ...
The Timing is Right for Lori McKenna’s “The Bird & The Rifle”  –  July 30, 2016
There’s not much to the music of The Bird & The Rifle—just Lori’s singing, some acoustic guitar and drums, and a little Mellotron in the background. Dave Cobb is a producer for the proletariat in the sense that he puts out a lot of projects annually ...
‘The Bird & The Rifle’ review: Lori McKenna sings ‘real’ country
Newsday  –  July 27, 2016
singer-songwriter has written or co-written hits for a who’s who of country music, including Hunter Hayes’ chart-topping “I Want Crazy” and Little Big Town’s Grammy-winning “Girl Crush.” On her new album “The Bird & The Rifle” (CN/Thirty ...

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