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Childhood[ edit ] Charles Parker Jr. Parker began playing the saxophone at age 11, and at age 14 he joined his high school band where he studied under Bandmaster Alonzo Lewis. His mother purchased a new alto saxophone around the same time. His father, Charles Sr. He later became a Pullman waiter or chef on the railways.
Parker's mother Addie worked nights at the local Western Union office. During this period he mastered improvisation and developed some of the ideas that led to the later development of Bebop. In an interview with Paul Desmondhe said that he spent three to four years practicing up to 15 hours a day.
He played with local bands in jazz clubs around Kansas City, Missouri, where he perfected his technique, with the assistance of Buster Smithwhose dynamic transitions to double and triple time influenced Parker's developing style.
His attempt to improvise failed when he lost track of the chord changes. This prompted Jo Jonesthe drummer for Count Basie's Orchestra, to contemptuously throw a cymbal at his feet as a signal to leave the stage.
Along the way, the caravan of musicians had a car accident and Parker broke three ribs and fractured his spine. Parker struggled with drug use for the rest of his life. Despite his near death experience on the way to the Ozarks inParker returned to the area in where he spent some serious time woodshedding and developing his sound.
He held several other jobs as well. He worked for nine dollars a week as a dishwasher at Jimmie's Chicken Shack, where pianist Art Tatum performed.
Playing through the changes on Cherokee, Parker discovered a new musical vocabulary and sound that forever shifted the course of music history. He played Fairyland Park in the summer with McShann's band at 75th and Prospect for all-white audiences. The up-side of the summer was his introduction to Dizzy Gillespie by Step Buddy Anderson near 19th and Vine in the summer of On a trip to Omaha he earned his nickname from McShann and the band after an incident with a chicken and the tour bus.
In Parker left McShann's band and played for one year with Earl Hineswhose band included Dizzy Gillespiewho later played with Parker as a duo.
This period is virtually undocumented, due to the strike of — by the American Federation of Musiciansduring which time few professional recordings were made. Parker joined a group of young musicians, and played in after-hours clubs in Harlem, such as Clark Monroe's Uptown House.
The beboppers' attitude was summed up in a famous quotation attributed to Monk by Mary Lou Williams: He realized that the 12 semitones of the chromatic scale can lead melodically to any key, breaking some of the confines of simpler jazz soloing. Early in its development, this new type of jazz was rejected by many of the established, traditional jazz musicians who disdained their younger counterparts.
The beboppers responded by calling these traditionalists " moldy figs ".
However, some musicians, such as Coleman Hawkins and Tatum, were more positive about its development, and participated in jam sessions and recording dates in the new approach with its adherents.
Because of the two-year Musicians' Union ban of all commercial recordings from tomuch of bebop's early development was not captured for posterity. As a result, it gained limited radio exposure.
Bebop musicians had a difficult time gaining widespread recognition.Check out Charlie Parker on Amazon Music.
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was born on August 29, , in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Parker Sr. and his year-old wife Addie. His father ran out on the family when Charlie was just a little grupobittia.com: Aug 29, 11 rows · Listen to music from Charlie Parker like Scrapple from the Apple, All the Things You Are & .
Charlie Parker's musical ideas were so complex that even for someone like me who has listened to a lot of jazz for a lot of years can get lost/5(89). Charlie Parker Series 16 primary works • 22 total works Former New York City policeman Charlie "Bird" Parker is a private investigator whose cases increasingly take on shades of the supernatural.
Charlie Parker, who was a legendary figure during his lifetime, has if anything grown in stature since his death. Virtually all of his studio recordings are available on CD along with a countless number of radio broadcasts and club appearances.