Charlie Parker

Real Name:
Charles Christopher Parker Jr.
Profile:
American alto saxophonist, composer and bebop pioneer (b. August 29, 1920, Kansas City - d. March 12, 1955, New York City, aged 34). Widely considered to be one of the most influential of jazz saxophonists, jazz musicians, and indeed musicians in general. Also known as 'Bird' (a shortening of 'Yardbird', Parker acquired the nickname early in his career with many contradictory stories regarding the name's origin). Parker was an extremely fast virtuoso and introduced revolutionary harmonic ideas into jazz, including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions.

Parker died on March 12, 1955 in the age of only 34 in the suite of his friend and patron Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter at the Stanhope Hotel in New York City. The official causes of death were lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer, but Parker also had an advanced case of cirrhosis and had suffered a heart attack. The coroner who performed his autopsy mistakenly estimated Parker's 34-year-old body to be between 50 and 60 years of age.
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207 Charlie Parker Sextet — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Sextet (Album) Dial Records (3) 207 US 1950 Sell This Version
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903 Red Norvo's Fabulous Jam Session — Charlie Parker Red Norvo, Flip Phillips, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Slam Stewart Red Norvo, Flip Phillips, Teddy Wilson, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Slam Stewart - Red Norvo's Fabulous Jam Session (Album) Dial Records (3) 903 US 1951 Sell This Version
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904 Alternate Masters Vol. 1 — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Alternate Masters Vol. 1 (Album) Dial Records (3) 904 US 1951 Sell This Version
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MGC-513 South Of The Border — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker South Of The Border (Album) Mercury MGC-513 US 1952 Sell This Version
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LD 038, L.D. 038 Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars Featuring Charlie Parker — Charlie Parker Sir Charles All Stars* Featuring Charlie Parker Sir Charles All Stars* Featuring Charlie Parker - Sir Charles Thompson All-Stars Featuring Charlie Parker Vogue Productions, Vogue Productions LD 038, L.D. 038 France 1953 Sell This Version
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905 Alternate Masters Vol. 2 — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Alternate Masters Vol. 2 (Album, Comp) Dial Records (3) 905 US 1954 Sell This Version
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MG C-157 Charlie Parker — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charlie Parker (Album) Clef Records MG C-157 US 1954 Sell This Version
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MG C-512 Bird And Diz — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gillespie - Bird And Diz (Album, Comp) Clef Records MG C-512 US 1954 Sell This Version
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ED-742 Kansas City Memories — Charlie Parker Jay McShann And His Orchestra With Charlie Parker, Walter Brown, Al Hibbler, Paul Quinichette Jay McShann And His Orchestra With Charlie Parker, Walter Brown, Al Hibbler, Paul Quinichette - Kansas City Memories (Comp, EP) Decca ED-742 US 1954 Sell This Version
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J-1017 The Art Of Charlie Parker - Vol. 2: The Fabulous Bird — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Art Of Charlie Parker - Vol. 2: The Fabulous Bird (Comp) Jazztone (2) J-1017 US 1955 Sell This Version
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MG-12001 The Immortal Charlie Parker — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Immortal Charlie Parker (Album, Comp) Savoy Records, Savoy Records MG-12001 US 1955 Sell This Version
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MG 12009, MG-12009 Charlie Parker Memorial Vol. 2 — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Memorial Vol. 2 (Comp, Album) Savoy Records MG 12009, MG-12009 Canada 1955 Sell This Version
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MG C-646 The Magnificent Charlie Parker — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Magnificent Charlie Parker (Comp, Album) Clef Records MG C-646 US 1955 Sell This Version
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MG 12000, MG-12000 Charlie Parker Memorial — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Memorial (Album, Comp) Savoy Records, Savoy Records MG 12000, MG-12000 US 1955 Sell This Version
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MG-12014 The Genius Of Charlie Parker — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Genius Of Charlie Parker (Album, Comp) Savoy Records MG-12014 Canada 1955 Sell This Version
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LP425 A night at Carnegie Hall with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie - A night at Carnegie Hall with Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie(10", Album, Mono) Birdland LP425 US 1956 Sell This Version
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MG C-5003, MGC 5003 Night And Day — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Night And Day(LP, Comp, Mono) Clef Records, Clef Records MG C-5003, MGC 5003 US 1956 Sell This Version
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SEB 10038, SEB10038 The Magnificent Charlie Parker (Album #1) — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Magnificent Charlie Parker (Album #1) (Album, EP) Clef Records, Clef Records SEB 10038, SEB10038 UK 1956 Sell This Version
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J-1241, J. 1241 The Fabulous Bird / The Art Of Charlie Parker — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Fabulous Bird / The Art Of Charlie Parker (Comp) Jazztone (2), Jazztone (2) J-1241, J. 1241 US 1956 Sell This Version
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MG-12079 The Charlie Parker Story — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker The Charlie Parker Story (Album, Comp) Savoy Records MG-12079 US 1956 Sell This Version
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JWS-501, JW-501 Bird On 52nd St. — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Bird On 52nd St. (Album) Jazz Workshop, Jazz Workshop JWS-501, JW-501 US 1957 Sell This Version
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33CX 10090 Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Plays Cole Porter (Album) Verve Records, Verve Records 33CX 10090 UK 1957 Sell This Version
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MG V-8009 Jazz Perennial — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Jazz Perennial (Album) Verve Records MG V-8009 US 1957 Sell This Version
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JWS 500 Bird At St. Nick's — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker Bird At St. Nick's (Album) Jazz Workshop JWS 500 US 1957 Sell This Version
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SLP-24, SLP 24 All Star Sextet — Charlie Parker Charlie Parker All Star Sextet (Comp, Album) Roost SLP-24, SLP 24 Sweden 1957 Sell This Version