Charlie "Bird" Parker is one of the most important figures in jazz history and also one of its greatest tragic heroes. He got his nickname (also known as "Yardbird") from his love of chicken. He came from
Parker had a self-destructive streak in him and did anything for a thrill. He lived an amoral life and lived for any "high" he could get. His heroin habit caused him to miss many gigs and caused Dizzie to leave the group and it eventually was a cause of a nervous breakdown that landed Bird in a mental hospital. He came back and reformed his quintet with Miles Davis taking Gillespie's place and continued making great music.
Bird's self-destructive life style finally caught up with him in 1955 and he died at the age of 34. He had so badly abused his body that the doctor who examined him estimated his age at 60. Besides his often imitated, but never matched style, he left behind a terrible legacy with other jazz musicians, who also did drugs, thinking if they used like Bird, they could play like Bird.
The stories of Bird's musical genius are too lengthy to list. Miles Davis said the only time you were surprised with Bird was when he didn't do something amazing on the bandstand. He could literally walk in off the street and start playing, and never make a mistake. His playing was fast, perky, and very bluesy, all wrapped up into one. He can make you bounce around one moment and feel his pain the next. His music is rooted in the
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