|Genres:||Big Band & Swing Jazz|
|Tags:||jazz bebop saxophone hard bop bop|
|Decades:||1940s 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||allmusic discogs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
18 April 1925, Washington, DC, USA, d. 11 February 1962, New York City, New York, USA. Starting out on alto saxophone, an instrument on which he recorded with Coleman Hawkins, Parker switched to baritone in 1944 when he joined the bebop-orientated big band led by Billy Eckstine. For the next year or so he was a member of the bands so-called unholy four. Fellow saxophonists in the band included Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons but it was another Eckstine alumnus, his namesake Charlie Parker, who appears to have exercised most musical influence upon him. After leaving Eckstine, Parker played in New York with Dizzy Gillespie and Fats Navarro before joining Illinois Jacquets popular band. A record session with Sir Charles Thompson featured Parker on a tune entitled Mad Lad and this became his nickname. Despite several other fine record sessions with Gordon, and club sessions with Stitt, Ammons, Teddy Edwards, Wardell Gray ...