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.
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