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Charlie Parker

(1920 - 1955)

  • Born in Kansas City, Kansas, he played alto saxophone from an early age
  • Among the most influential jazz musicians
  • Nicknamed “Yardbird” or “Bird”
  • Known for developing “bebop,” based on harmony rather than melody
  • Created jazz standards – Billie’s Bounce, Anthropology, and Ornithology

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