Charlie Parker passed away this day in 1955 in New York City aged just thirty four. What a legacy he left.
“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.” – Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker Quintet at The Royal Roost, 1580 Broadway New York, 18 December 1948
“Charlie had a photographic mind. When we would rehearse a new arrangement, he would run his part down once and when we were ready to play it a second time, he knew the whole thing from memory.” – Earl Hines
“They teach you there’s a boundary line to music. But, man, there’s no boundary line to art.” – Charlie Parker
“I spent my first week in New York looking for Bird and Dizzy, Man, I went everywhere looking for those cats.” – Miles Davis
Charlie Parker with Dizzy Gillespie at the Town Hall in New York, June 1945