Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker, nicknamed ‘Bird’, was an American jazz saxophone player and composer. Born in 1920 in Kansas City, Kansas, Parker began playing the saxophone in school at about age twelve. In 1939, he moved to New York City and began performing in the jazz clubs of Harlem.

Some of Parker’s songs, such as OrnithologyAnthropology, and Billie’s Bounce, have become jazz standards.

Parker died in 1955, but he is considered one of the America’s greatest Jazz musicians. He redefined jazz musicians as artists and intellectuals, he remains an inspiration to many musicians today.