Tag Archives: Charlie Parker

On August 29, 1920 Charles Parker, Jr. was born in Kansas City, Kansas. As Chuck Haddix writes in Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker, the jazz icon’s launching pad was a home of two faces; an environment that … Continue reading

On November 6, 1814 Adophe Sax was born in Wallonia, Belgium. Sax invented many musical instruments but the one for which he is best known (and has immortalized his name) is the saxophone. Somewhere along the line musical enthusiasts declared … Continue reading

Jazz innovator Charlie “Bird” Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City. Before his death at age 34, Parker transformed jazz with harmonic creativity and complex melodic saxophone lines. Chuck Haddix, author of Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie … Continue reading

Accomplished jazzman Joseph James Evans passed away on January 17, 2014 at age 97. His autobiography, Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues (written with Christopher Brooks) was published by University of Illinois Press … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Jazz giant Charlie “Bird” Parker was born on August 29, 1920 in Kansas City. During his short life—he died at age 34—Parker became one of the most influential figures in jazz history. On September 16, 2013 the University of Illinois … Continue reading