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Celebrating BirdThe Triumph of Charlie Parker$
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Gary Giddins

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780816690411

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816690411.001.0001

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Celebrating Bird

Gary Giddins

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the musicians that greatly influenced the career of Charlie Parker. Charlie took a job at the popular hangout place Jimmy’s Chicken Shack where he met Art Tatum, a pianist who inspired him that that any note could be made to fit in a chord. He then performed a music gig at Times Square where he met Bill “Biddy” Fleet who taught him the harmonic theory. He practiced what he learned from Tatum and Fleet, playing passing tones and concentrating on the higher intervals of chords raised to ninths, elevenths, or thirteenths.

Keywords:   Charlie Parker, Art Tatum, Bill Biddy Fleet, harmonic theory, passing tones

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