In Memoriam : Charlie “Bird” Parker 08/29/1920 – 03/12/1955 [SHORT BIO AND SONG CLIPS]

Charlie Bird Parker

In March of 1955, the world lost a legend of a saxophone player. Charles Parker was a Grammy winner and architect, along with Dizzy Gillespie, of bebop. Today, as is our tradition, we celebrate his life with some of his great works and performances. Not only will we honor this great with his bio but also explore some of the top three hip hop songs that have been influenced by his music!

Charlie “Bird” Parker 08/29/1920 – 03/12/1955


Charlie Parker was born on August 29, 1920, in Kansas City, Kansas. From 1935 to 1939, he played the Missouri nightclub scene with local jazz and blues bands. In 1945 he led his own group, while performing with Dizzy Gillespie on the side. Together they invented bebop. In 1949, Parker made his European debut. In 1955, he gave his last performance. He died a week later, on March 12, 1955, in New York City.

Gang Starr – Jazz Thang

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Nice and Smooth – Down the Line

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