Charlie Parker

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Charles Christopher Parker, 29 August 1920, Kansas City, Kansas, USA, d. 12 March 1955, New York City, New York, USA. Although he was born on the Kansas side of the state line, Parker was actually raised across the Kaw River in Kansas City, Missouri. His nickname was originally ‘Yardbird’ due to his propensity for eating fried chicken - later this was shortened to the more poetic ‘Bird’. Musicians talk of first hearing his alto saxophone as if it were a religious conversion.... Read more

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jazz
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saxophone
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