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  PBS - JAZZ A Film By Ken Burns: Selected Artist Biography - Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bop in the 1940s.
Parker had his first music lessons in the local public schools; he began playing alto saxophone in 1933 and worked occasionally in semi-professional groups before leaving school in 1935 to become a full-time musician.
Parker continued to work in Los Angeles, recording and performing in concerts and nightclubs, until June 29, 1946, when a nervous breakdown and addiction to heroin and alcohol caused his confinement at the Camarillo State Hospital.
www.pbs.org /jazz/biography/artist_id_parker_charlie.htm   (920 words)

  
  Charlie Parker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Parker also became an icon for the Beat generation, and was a pivotal figure in the evolving conception of the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual, rather than just a popular entertainer.
Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Kansas City, Missouri.
Parker's harmonic ideas were revolutionary, introducing a new tonal vocabulary employing 9ths, 11ths and 13ths of chords, rapidly implied passing chords, and new variants of altered chords and chord substitutions.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Charlie_Parker   (2270 words)

  
 Charlie Parker (cricketer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Charles Warrington Leonard "Charlie" Parker (born October 14, 1882 in Prestbury, Gloucestershire, died July 11, 1959 in Cranleigh, Surrey) was an English cricketer who stands as the third highest wicket taker in the history of first class cricket, behind only Wilfred Rhodes and Tich Freeman.
Parker took no serious attention to cricket in his childhood, preferring to concentrate on golf.
By 1914, Parker had not taken 100 wickets in a season and his last two years had been very expensive, suggesting that his was to be an insignificant career.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Charlie_Parker_(cricketer)   (637 words)

  
 Charlie Parker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Parker is commonly considered one of the half-dozen greatest jazz musicians, on a level with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lester Young and Coleman Hawkins.
Parker moved to New York City and, with Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Christian, Kenny Clarke and many others, was one of the principal creators of the style that came to be called bebop.
Parker's performances of "I Remember You" and "Parker's Mood" were selected by Harold Bloom for inclusion on his short list of the twentieth-century American Sublime.
www.encyclopedia-online.info /Charlie_Parker   (463 words)

  
 Amazon.com: Charlie Parker Albums (CD, MP3, Vinyl, etc.), Related Products (DVD, Books, Apparel), Pictures, ...
Charlie Parker, who was early on influenced by Lester Young and the sound of Buster Smith, visited New York for the first time in 1939, working as a dishwasher at one point so he could hear Art Tatum play on a nightly basis.
Unfortunately, Charlie Parker was a heroin addict ever since he was a teenager, and some other musicians who idolized Bird foolishly took up drugs in the hope that it would elevate their playing to his level.
Parker, who recorded simultaneously for the Savoy and Dial labels, was in peak form during the 1947-1951 period, visiting Europe in 1949 and 1950, and realizing a lifelong dream to record with strings starting in 1949 when he switched to Norman Granz's Verve label.
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 Charlie Parker: biography and encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Parker reportedly could barely stand during the session and had to be held on mic.
Charlie christian (july 29, 1916 - march 2, 1942) was a jazz guitarist and an innovator in the field of electric guitar....
Parker was known for often showing up to performances without a horn and borrowing someone else's at the last moment.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/c/ch/charlie_parker.htm   (2807 words)

  
 VH1.com : Charlie Parker : Biography
Charlie Parker, who was early on influenced by Lester Young and the sound of Buster Smith, visited New York for the first time in 1939, working as a dishwasher at one point so he could hear Art Tatum play on a nightly basis.
Unfortunately, Charlie Parker was a heroin addict ever since he was a teenager, and some other musicians who idolized Bird foolishly took up drugs in the hope that it would elevate their playing to his level.
Parker, who recorded simultaneously for the Savoy and Dial labels, was in peak form during the 1947-1951 period, visiting Europe in 1949 and 1950, and realizing a lifelong dream to record with strings starting in 1949 when he switched to Norman Granz's Verve label.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/parker_charlie/bio.jhtml   (919 words)

  
 Charlie Parker - MSN Encarta
Charlie Parker (1920-1955), American alto saxophone player, a founder of the bebop jazz style and one of the most influential musicians in the history of jazz.
Born Charles Parker, Jr., in Kansas City, Kansas, he acquired the nickname Yardbird (usually shortened to Bird) as a young man. In 1927 his family moved to Kansas City, Missouri, an important center of jazz music.
A motion-picture biography of Parker, Bird, was released in 1988.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761563779/Charlie_Parker.html   (663 words)

  
 The My Hero Project - Charlie Parker
Parker would soon be playing with local bands in small clubs until 1935, when he left school to pursue a career.
Charlie Parker found happiness with his wife and child, whom he loved, and with his music, which meant the world to him.
Parker was released from Camarillo in late January 1947 and returned to New York on April 4.
myhero.com /hero.asp?hero=c_parker   (824 words)

  
 Charlie Parker biography - 8notes.com
Parker is commonly considered one of the half-dozen greatest jazz musicians, on a level with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins and Johnny Hodges.
Parker's harmonic ideas were revolutionary, introducing a new tonal vocabulary employing 9ths, 11ths and 13ths of chords, rapidly implied passing chords, and new variants of altered chords and chord substitutions.
Parker became an icon for the Beat generation, and was a pivotal figure in the evolving conception of the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just a popular entertainer.
www.8notes.com /biographies/parker.asp   (892 words)

  
 Charlie Parker in TutorGig Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Parker is commonly considered one of the greatest jazz musicians, ranked alongside Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and a handful of others in terms of influence and impact.
Parker never forgave his producer for releasing the sub-par record (and re-recorded the tune in 1953 for Verve, this time in stellar form), but it remains an invaluable testimony to a part of his career.
Parker left a widow, Chan, a daughter, Kim Parker, who is also a musician, and a son, Baird.
www.tutorgig.com /ed/Charlie_Parker   (1743 words)

  
 Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Charlie Parker (cricketer)
Charlie Parker (in full Charles Warrington Leonard Parker) was an English cricketer who stands as the third highest wicket taker in the history of first class cricket, behind only Wilfred Rhodes and Tich Freeman.
Born in Prestbury, Gloucestershire on October 14 1882 (earlier sources say 1884 but this has been disproved), Parker took no serious attention to cricket in his childhood, preferring to concentrate on golf.
In 1919, with Dennett serving as a officer in the Army, Parker was forced to become Gloucestershire's chief bowler.
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Charlie_Parker_(cricketer)   (634 words)

  
 American Masters . Charlie Parker | PBS
All were frequent Parker collaborators on recordings and in the lively 52nd Street clubs that were the jazz center of the mid-1940s.
The coroner cited pneumonia as the cause, and estimated Parker’s age at fifty-five or sixty.
Though Parker was a titan among jazz musicians of the time, it would take the country at large years to learn that for a short while in the 1940s and 1950s one of the most profoundly original American musicians had walked among them virtually unrecognized.
www.pbs.org /wnet/americanmasters/database/parker_c.html   (819 words)

  
 The Official Site of Charlie "Yardbird" Parker - Biography
Soon, Parker was playing with local bands until 1935, when he left school to pursue a music career.
A year later, Parker traveled to Chicago and was a regular performer at a club on 55th street.
Parker continued to perform in Los Angeles until June 1946, when he suffered a nervous breakdown and was confined at a state hospital.
www.cmgww.com /music/parker/about/biography.html   (573 words)

  
 Jazz . Jazz Greats . Charlie Parker | PBS KIDS GO!
Charlie Parker (1920-1955) spent his childhood in Kansas City, Missouri, one of the hottest jazz spots in the country.
Charlie claimed that he practiced up to 14 hours a day until he could play anything he wanted.
Sadly, Charlie died when he was just 34 years old, a time when many artists are in their peak years.
pbskids.org /jazz/nowthen/parker.html   (495 words)

  
 Charlie Parker : Jazz at the Philharmonic 1946 ---Ink Blot Magazine
Considered the father of "modern" jazz, or bebop, Parker possessed an extraordinary combination of speed and grace, of technical virtuosity and deep emotion, all of which remained greatly informed by the blues.
Despite top billing on this release, Charlie Parker wasn't really the leader of these incredible all-star jam sessions; he was merely the star of stars.
Parker follows with an equally expressive turn, but he also displays a more "modern" approach: playing based on chords as well as melody.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/parker.htm   (667 words)

  
 The Jazzine - Biographies: Charlie Parker
The car he was riding in accidentally ran over a chicken and Parker insisted on taking the dead "yardbird" and fixing it up for dinner at their destination, rather than having it go to waste.
Parker was born on August 29,1920 in Kansas City, Kansas, just about the same time jazz was being invented by a new generation of African American musicians.
He was born to Charles Parker Sr., a singer and dancer on the fl vaudeville circuit, and Addie Parker, a housewife.
www.jazzine.com /jazzstuff/biographies/charlie_parker.phtml   (1707 words)

  
 HyperMusic -- History of Jazz: Charlie Parker
He played with many musicians and made many records but is best known for his work with Dizzy that brought about the development of bebop.
Charlie Parker made some of his most important recordings using borrowed instruments.
Charlie Parker's nickname was "Bird." His life story was the subject of a 1988 film of the same name.
www.hypermusic.ca /jazz/parker.html   (85 words)

  
 WDRCOBG.COM: Charlie Parker (1/1/08)
Charlie Parker's son, Steve, is compiling a collection of stories involving his Dad, the longtime program director of WDRC.
Charlie would call me up sometimes too at three or four in the morning and let me know he dug a segue, enjoyed the news and the goofy kicker I found, or he'd just call to say hello and let me know he was listening and paying attention to what I was doing there.
But Charlie, he was thrilled for me. I remember him grabbing my hand to shake it furiously while beaming from ear to ear with that Charlie Parker Cheshire Cat Grin.
www.wdrcobg.com /charlie.html   (854 words)

  
 Charlie Parker
Charlie “Bird” Parker was one of the founders of post-war jazz and one of its pre-eminent innovators.
Parker was already showing a flourish for improvisation within the swing style, yet very few recordings from this period exist due to the ban on recording during World War II.
Parker was released from hospital renewed and headed back to New York where he put together his definitive quintet including a young Miles Davis on trumpet, Bud Powell on piano, and Max Roach on drums.
www.allaboutjazz.com /php/article.php?id=18562   (943 words)

  
 NBA.com Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker joined the Hornets as an assistant coach in 2006-07, adding the experience of over 30 seasons as a coach on the collegiate and professional level.
Parker’s last coaching position was at the Dallas Mavericks, where he was an assistant coach for ten seasons (1995-2005) after eight years at Southern California.
Parker was head coach at USC in 1995-96 after six years as an assistant under George Raveling.
www.nba.com /coachfile/charlie_parker/index.html?nav=page   (439 words)

  
 Career: Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker's favorite place to hang out, coming of age in Kansas City, was the balcony of Sol Stibel's Club Reno.
Parker, who recorded simultaneously for the Savoy and Dial labels, was in peak form during the 1947-51 period.
Due to Charlie Parker's chance-taking personality, his cabaret license was revoked in New York (making it difficult for him to play in clubs) in 1951, and he became increasingly unreliable.
www.duke.edu /~akb6/career.html   (790 words)

  
 Club Kaycee -- Kansas City Jazz History -- Parker, Charles Charlie "Bird"
Charlie Parker was born in Kansas City, Kansas.
Parker would sit there to listen to his idol, Lester Young blowing chorus after chorus with the Basie band.
Parker was not "musically proficient" at this time, but that didn't discourage him from attempting to participate in Kaycee's legendary jam sessions.
www.umkc.edu /orgs/kcjazz/jazzfolk/parkc_00.htm   (438 words)

  
 BBC - Music Profiles - Charlie Parker
Parker played a leading role in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuoso technique, and improvisation based on harmonic structure.
Parker's innovative approaches to melody, rhythm, and harmony exercised enormous influence on his contemporaries.
Parker also became an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat generation, personifying the conception of the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual, rather than just a popular entertainer.
www.bbc.co.uk /music/artist/wpmq   (419 words)

  
 Charlie Parker: 'Bird Lives!' Part 2 : NPR Music
Parker's innovative phrasing, and his discovery of previously unexplored melodic and harmonic possibilities, put him at the head of a group of bebop innovators that included Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell.
Parker continued to write and record tunes based on the changes of familiar standards — a necessary practice because smaller labels such as Savoy and Dial could not afford royalties for original tunes.
Parker had developed a reputation as an unreliable performer and was banned from Birdland.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=14156541&ft=1&f=1039   (1323 words)

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