Charlie “Bird” Parker
Given Name: Charles Parker, Jr.
Nickname: "Bird" or "Yardbird" ("Zoizeau" in France)
Instruments: Alto saxophone, Tenor saxophone
Occupations: Saxophonist, Composer
Charlie Parker, Jr. was born August 29, 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas
Charles Parker, Jr. was an African American jazz saxophonist and composer.
Parker, along with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington is widely considered
one of the most influential of jazz musicians. Parker acquired the nickname
"Yardbird" early in his career, and the shortened form "Bird" remained Parker's
nickname for the rest of his life. Parker displayed no sign of musical talent as a
young child, however, he began playing saxophone at age 11 and by age 14
joined his school's band using a rented school instrument. Groups led by Count
Basie and Bennie Moten wre the leading Kansas City ensembles, and undoubtedly
influenced Parker. By 1950, much of the jazz world had fallen under Parker's spell.
Charles Parker, Jr. died March 12, 1955 at age 34 in New York City, New York
Cause of Death: Lobar pneumonia and a bleeding ulcer
Mr. Parker is buried in Lincoln Cemetary, Kansas City, MO
V. KAY JAMES McCRIMON