Charlie Parker

Saxophonist + Composer
Hometown Kansas City, Kansas
Died Mar 12, 1955
Death Place City of New York
Other Names Parker, Charles "...

Charles Parker, Jr., also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Charlie Parker is widely considered one of the most influential jazz musicians of his time.

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1920 Birth Born on August 29, 1920.


1934 13 Years Old Charles Parker, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, the only child of Adelaide "Addie" (Bailey) and Charles Parker. He attended Lincoln High School in September 1934, but withdrew in December 1935, just before joining the local musicians' union. … Read More
1938 17 Years Old In 1938, Parker joined pianist Jay McShann's territory band. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1939 Parker moved to New York City, to pursue a career in music. … Read More


1945 24 Years Old 1 More Event
It was not until 1945, when the recording ban was lifted, that Parker's collaborations with Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach, Bud Powell and others had a substantial effect on the jazz world. (One of their first small-group performances together was rediscovered and issued in 2005: a concert in New York's Town Hall on June 22, 1945.) Bebop soon gained wider appeal among musicians and fans alike.
1946 25 Years Old …  A recording for the Dial label from July 29, 1946, provides evidence of his condition. … Read More
1948 27 Years Old …  He considered Chan his wife although he never married her, nor did he divorce his previous wife, Doris, whom he had married in 1948. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old …  On November 30, 1949, Norman Granz arranged for Parker to record an album of ballads with a mixed group of jazz and chamber orchestra musicians. … Read More


1953 32 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1953, Parker performed at Massey Hall in Toronto, Canada, joined by Gillespie, Mingus, Powell and Roach. … Read More
1955 35 Years Old Parker died on March 12, 1955, in the suite of his friend and patroness Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City, while watching The Dorsey Brothers' Stage Show on television.
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