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Charlie Parker

Born: Aug 29, 1920

Death: Mar 12, 1955

Birthplace: Kansas City

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Charlie Parker

Date of Birth : Aug 29, 1920
Date of Death : Mar 12, 1955
Birth Place : Kansas City

Charles Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential jazz soloist and a leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique and improvisation. Parker introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His tone ranged from clean and penetrating to sweet and somber. Parker acquired the nickname "Yardbird" early in his career; this and its shortened form, "Bird", which continued to be used for the rest of his life, inspired the titles of a number of Parker compositions, such as "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Bird Gets the Worm", and "Bird of Paradise". Parker was an icon for the hipster subculture and later the Beat Generation, personifying the jazz musician as an uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.


  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Saxophonist

Also known as

  • Yardbird
  • Original Charlie Parker Quintet
  • Zoizeau
  • Sparrow
  • Charlie ''Bird'' Parker
  • Bird
  • Charles Parker, Jr.
  • Charles Parker
  • Charles Christopher Parker Jr.
  • Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr.
  • Parker, Charlie
  • Charlie Chan


  • Charles Parker
  • Addie Parker


  • Chan Parker
  • Doris Parker


  • Baird Parker
  • Pree Parker

Awards Won

  • Grammy Hall of Fame Award
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Grammy Award for Best Improvised Jazz Solo
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