Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker by Chuck Haddix

By Chuck Haddix

Saxophone virtuoso Charlie "Bird" Parker all started taking part in professionally in his early youth, turned a heroin addict at sixteen, replaced the process song, after which died whilst simply 34 years previous. His buddy Robert Reisner saw, "Parker, within the short span of his existence, crowded extra residing into it than the other human being." Like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, he used to be a transitional composer and improviser who ushered in a brand new period of jazz by means of pioneering bebop and inspired next generations of musicians.
Meticulously researched and written, Bird: The lifestyles and tune of Charlie Parker tells the tale of his existence, tune, and occupation. This new biography artfully weaves jointly firsthand money owed from those that knew him with new information regarding his lifestyles and occupation to create a compelling narrative portrait of a sad genius.
While different books approximately Parker have centred totally on his track and recordings, this portrait finds the afflicted guy at the back of the song, illustrating how his addictions and struggles with psychological health and wellbeing affected his existence and occupation. He used to be on the other hand 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 in regards to the hazards of substances. mainly he used to be a musician, who overcame humiliation, unhappiness, and a life-threatening automobile break to take to the air as chicken, an excellent improviser and composer.

With in-depth study into formerly ignored assets and illustrated with a number of never-before-seen photos, Bird: The lifestyles and song of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and delusion approximately essentially the most influential musicians of the 20 th century.

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I wanted to holler. I wanted to jump up and down and holler. I made so much in tips I didn’t think I would be paid. ”29 In May 1938, McShann opened at Clair Martin’s. McShann assembled a small combo for the engagement. “I stayed at Wolf’s for another two weeks and then I went to work at Martin’s 210 on the Plaza,” McShann remembered. “Walter Bales got the gig for me. He and Martin went to school together. He told me a friend of mine might be needing a band. This was on Buster’s Tune • 35 the Plaza and they did not have any black bands there.

The program featured top local bands accompanying visiting musicians, comedians, dancers, gospel singers, blues shouters, whistlers, and entertainers of all stripes. Patrons lined up around the block to pay a dime to cheer on local entertainers performing on the broad stage of the Lincoln, a grand theater seating fifteen hundred patrons. The band’s radio broadcasts and increasingly prestigious engagements made Charlie a local celebrity. Charming and charismatic, Charlie attracted an entourage of young musicians and fans who followed him around town.

20 While leading the small ensemble at Lucille’s, Smith maintained his twelve-piece band for special occasions. Charlie played in both bands. That April, Smith’s big band opened for Count Basie’s triumphant homecoming. After leaving Kansas City, the Basie band rose to top ranking nationally on the strength of a series of hit recordings for the Decca label. Smith had coauthored one of the band’s biggest hits, “One O’Clock Jump,” with Basie and Eddie Durham while they were members of the Bennie Moten band.

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