Charlie Parker

Charlie "Yardbird" Parker died 50 years ago this week.

I was first turned on to bebop and to Bird in the mid eighties at a dive bar in Kansas City MO called Milton's. I didn't know then that it was a legendary part of Kansas City Jazz History; I just knew nobody cared we were underage as long as we drank our whiskey quietly. Milton's had a tremendous jazz jukebox and it was that juke that introduced me to Ornithology.

A few Bird links of interest in his memory:

Jerry Mulligan on Bird (Library of Congress)

Bird bio from Ken Burns' Jazz series (PBS)

Boss Bird (4 cd collection of studio work for Savoy, Dial, and Verve for less money than one incredibly lame cd)

A Bird discography