Charlie Parker’s emergence on the New York City jazz scene in 1942 changed the trajectory of jazz forever.

Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, says in an appearance on KCPT-TV’s “The Local Show,” that Parker had hatched his revolutionary style before he went to the Big Apple.¬†Haddix asserts he has uncovered evidence that “Bird” was already playing bebop in Kansas City.

“I uncovered a previously unknown recording of Charlie Parker playing with Jay McShann. It’s an instantaneous cut disk that was recorded in [Kansas City in] February of 1941,” Haddix says. “He was a fully formed musician who was already playing bebop by the time he went to the Savoy ballroom.”

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