Charlie Parker at 100: a Beginner's Guide to Bird

Brian Priestley
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Charlie Parker may have died aged just 34 on on 12 March 1955, but his totemic musical language of ‘bebop’ has remained a foundational element of the vernacular of jazz. With his centenary year upon us, Brian Priestley delves into the life of the largely self-taught ‘Bird’ to discover why this Kansas native’s music is still so important today and how his legacy lives on

Charlie Parker and Miles Davis (photo: William P Gottlieb courtesy Music Division, Library of Congress)
Charlie Parker and Miles Davis (photo: William P Gottlieb courtesy Music Division, Library of Congress)

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