History of Jazz

Charlie Parker

(1920-1955)
Bebop

Charlie Parker was a largely self-taught musician. Raised in Kansas City, he left school at 15 to begin his professional career as a saxophonist. He later move to New York City to further pursue his career. He played with many musicians and made many records but is best known for his work with Dizzy that brought about the development of bebop.

Did you know?

  • Charlie Parker made some of his most important recordings using borrowed instruments.
  • Charlie Parker's nickname was "Bird." His life story was the subject of a 1988 film of the same name.


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