March 18, 1955

Charlie Parker died fifty years ago today.

Here are four images from back in the day:

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A rare color photograph, 1952

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Backstage at Carnegie Hall, 1947

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With Red Rodney; watching Dizzy work, 1947

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In New York; near the end, 1954

"Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art."
-- Charles Christopher Parker, jr.

(many thanks to Bob Keser for reminding me what day it was, lest I forgot)

1 comment:

Rob said...

Whatever happened to his plastic sax?