Monday, 8/29/11

by musicclipoftheday

Happy Birthday, Bird!

Charlie Parker, alto saxophonist, August 29, 1920-March 12, 1955

According to Miles Davis, the history of jazz can be summarized in four words: Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker.

Charlier Parker & Dizzy Gillespie, “Hot House,” live (TV broadcast), 1952

(Originally posted 10/17/09.)




WKCR-FM’s Lester Young/Charlie Parker birthday marathon runs until midnight—today’s all Bird.


musical thoughts

Don’t play the saxophone. Let it play you.

—Charlie Parker