"What (Orson) Welles did for film direction and (Jackson) Pollock did for painting, Parker, in particular, did for jazz, by representing the unrepresentable. Parker’s art is one of sonic images that give form to ideas that were hiding in plain sight or off the map of American mainstream culture."
Richard Brody, The New Yorker
Charlie Parker's was referred to as Yardbird or simply Bird. This nickname inspired his composition , such as "Yardbird Suite", "Ornithology", "Bird Gets the Worm", and "Bird of Paradise."
Innovator of bebop and Afro-Cuban jazz.
He pushed the boundaries of jazz.
The Divine One.
The big bands get smaller and grittier.
Jazz music moves off the dance floor.
The biggest musical phenomenon of the 20th century.
Urban-born rich vocal harmonies combined with teen romance.