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Parker, Charles ‘Charlie’ Jr. (1920-1955) By Bevilacqua, Thomas

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM967-1
Published: 09/05/2016
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Charlie Parker, known as ‘Yardbird’ or ‘Bird,’ was a famous American jazz saxophonist. Parker is best known for developing the style of jazz known as ‘bebop’ or ‘bop,’ which featured frenetic tempos, asymmetrical musical construction, improvisation, and virtuosic performance, representing a break from the more established and traditional forms of jazz that were popular in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Bevilacqua, Thomas. "Parker, Charles ‘Charlie’ Jr. (1920-1955)." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 30 May. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM967-1

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