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Charlie Parker

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Birth Name: Charles Parker, Jr.
Born: 1920/08/29
Birth Place: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Died: 1955/03/12
Years Active: 1937–1955
Genres: Jazz, Bebop

Charlie Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas and was a world-famous jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was also known by his acquired the nickname “Yardbird,“ which he picked up early in his career, from this came the shortened version of, “Bird,” which he continued to use for the rest of his life. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and considered to be a leading figure in the development of bebop. Parker's style incorporated jazz, blues, Latin, and classical music. Parker was associated with the Beat Generation, and gave birth to an entire subculture around his style of music, which personified jazz musicians as not merely entertainers, but also in... Continue Bio >>

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