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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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(p.86) (p.87) 4. Mastery
Celebrating Bird

Gary Giddins

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter discusses the popularization of bebop jazz music through the band Diz and Bird on Fifty-second Street. The jazz audience considered bebop a terrible dissonance and a frantic assault on decency and good taste. Dizzy Gillespie teamed up with Oscar Pettiford, with pianist George Wallington, saxophonist Don Byas, and Charlie Parker to form the band Diz and Bird on Fifty-second Street. They conducted their first performance of bebop jazz at Three Deuces club where many listeners found bebop jazz enticing.

Keywords:   Diz and Bird on Fifty-second Street, bebop jazz, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Pettiford, George Wallington, Don Byas, Three Deuces

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