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Chan Parker

Born: Jun 29, 1925

Death: Sep 9, 1999

Birthplace: New York City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Chan Parker

Date of Birth : Jun 29, 1925
Date of Death : Sep 9, 1999
Birth Place : New York City

Chan Woods, well known as Chan Parker, was a common-law wife of jazz musician Charlie Parker and later married musician Phil Woods. She was born in New York City, New York, of partial Jewish ancestry. She was a dancer and jazz enthusiast who in the 1940s and early 1950s was romantically connected with jazz musicians Johnny Bothwell and later Don Lanphere. She met Parker in the 1940s, but their friendship did not become romantic until years later. As it developed, their relationship had to surmount several obstacles, not the least of which were Charlie's frequently ungovernable drug and alcohol abuse and the simple fact of sharing love across a racial divide that the society of the era was hugely invested in maintaining. She complained that taxis would not pick Parker up because of his race, and mentioned that the two of them often attracted stares because their relationship was interracial at a time when American society was still highly segregated. However, in the jazz world, which had long been integrated, it was not an issue. She indicated in her memoirs that Parker protected her, to a degree, from both these problems.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • Frank Ciccio
  • Chan Woods
  • Chan Richardson


  • Charlie Parker
  • Phil Woods


  • Baird Parker
  • Pree Parker
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