By Parker, Charlie; Parker, Charlie; Haddix, Chuck
With in-depth learn into formerly ignored assets and illustrated with a number of never-before-seen photos, Bird: The lifestyles and tune of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fable approximately some of the most influential musicians of the 20 th century.
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Vacationers, mainly from St. Louis and Kansas City, demanded the style of jazz they enjoyed back home. Kansas City’s Local 627 supplied resort owners with bands for the summer-long engagement. Most of the towns in the region, skirting the southern edge of an area known as Little Dixie, were sundown communities, where African Americans ventured out at their own risk after dark. 2 On Thanksgiving Day 1936, Charlie traveled to the Ozarks with a union band for the grand opening of Musser’s Ozark Tavern, located three miles south of Eldon, Missouri, at the junction of Highways 52 and 54.
He and Rebecca regularly attended matinees at the Lincoln and Gem Theaters on Eighteenth Street. The Lincoln, the largest theater in the area, featured first-run films and stage shows. The Gem showed westerns and B movies. Afterward, Charlie and Rebecca lingered over cherry sodas before meandering back home at twilight. That fall, in 1934, Charlie returned to Lincoln High School to be close to Rebecca. He relished walking Rebecca and her sister back and forth to 16 • chapter 1 school. When Rebecca took a job in the library, Charlie stopped by punctually at 5:00 every night to walk her home.
Ramey added, “Basie’s ‘Jones-Smith’ record had come out and Bird startled everybody by playing Lester Young’s solo on Lady Be Good note for note. ‘Here comes this guy,’ the cats used to say. ”7 Equipped with his new alto, seventeen-year-old Charlie became an in-demand soloist on Twelfth Street. Just as Charlie’s career began to flourish, his relationship with his wife Rebecca withered from his infidelity and use of narcotics. “I remember coming home from my job where I worked part time doing housework for a family out south [Kansas City],” Rebecca related.