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Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker

Gary Giddins

Abstract

Within days of Charlie “Bird” Parker’s death at the age of thirty-four, a scrawled legend began appearing on walls around New York City: Bird Lives. Gone was one of the most outstanding jazz musicians of any era, the troubled genius who brought modernism to jazz and became a defining cultural force for musicians, writers, and artists of every stripe. Arguably the most significant musician in the country at the time of his death, Parker set the standard many musicians strove to reach—though he never enjoyed the same popular success that greeted many of his imitators. Today, the power of Parker’ ... More

Keywords: Charlie Parker, Bird Lives, jazz, Kansas City, New York, jazz musicians, legend

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780816690411
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816690411.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Giddins, author

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