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Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker Charlie "Yardbird" Parker - Born 8/29/20 in Kansas City, Kansas, died 3/12/55 in New York City. Grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. Virtuoso alto player who is credited, along with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, as the founder of bebop -- music generally characterized by complex heads with fast, sometimes machine-gun-like unison lines played by a front line of two or three horns over rapid-fire chord changes of the rhythm section. Considered by many as one of the greatest saxophone players of all time and a direct influence on every horn player of the past 50 years. Teamed up with Gillespie in the mid-40s. Led a quintet that included Miles Davis, Duke Jordan and Max Roach in the late 40s. Died from illness related to his well-documented excesses. Well recorded.

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