Charlie Parker


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

Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career and the shortened form, "Bird", which continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspired the titles of a number of Parker ... more »

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  • Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line ...
    Charlie Parker (1920-1955), U.S. jazz musician. quoted in Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain, "Afterwords," sct. 3, ed. Michael ...
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