On October 2nd, 2013, jazz historian, radio show host and UIP author Chuck Haddix kicked off the release of his book Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker in style at Unity Temple in, Kansas City.

At this launch event in Charlie Parker’s hometown, an all-star band featuring saxophonist Bobby Watson performed some of Bird’s tunes and Chuck was on hand to discuss and sign copies of the book. 

An audience of over 300 were on hand to hear Chuck read from the book and see the band, which also included pianist Tim Whitmer, saxophonist Jim Mair, bassist James Albright and drummer Jurgen Welge, tear through some tunes.

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