Charlie “Bird, ” Parker the Man, the Myth, the Legend, the Addict...
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Charlie “Bird,” Parker
The Man, The Myth, The Legend,
The Addict... Charles parker was a brilliant jazz musician. He was so innovative and played with such genius that he has influenced all jazz musicians regardless of their time period. One can only speculate what might have happened with Jazz if Charles' life was not cut short due to intense drug use as was so common in the musician scene. Then again one can only speculate weather or not Charles' Jazz would have been as great as it was if it were not for the drugs that he consumed on a daily basis. Did the drugs make Charles' Jazz what it was or did the man have the built in ability to squeeze the perfect notes out of a saxophone making it do his will without hardly having to give it…show more content… Charles was away from Kansas City for an extended amount of time during this summer and when he returned he was the most popular player there. In 1937 Charles met a man by the name of Jay McShann, who was a pianist. These two artist would soon find themselves working together. McShann was was the pianist of a band formed by Henry “Buster” Smith, a 12 piece or sometimes smaller ensemble. Buster invited Charles to join. Charles had a fairly close relationship with the older McShann “He used to call me his dad, and I called him my boy.” (qtd. in Charlie Parker, His Music and Life 12). Buster helped Charles Jr with his improvisation and his sound. Buster was quoted saying that Charles was an apt pupil. At the end of this year Charles addiction to heroin was beginning to tear him apart. He would have breakthroughs in his music but not be able to follow up on them, and they would be lost. He had an affair on Rebecca and then later held a gun to her head trying to get back some letters between himself and his mistress. He had to leave the band he had been playing with because of his drug habit, and then he had a run in with the law. One night he kept a taxi for several hours running up a bill for $10 that he could not pay. When the taxi driver decided he was going to take Charles' horn for payment he was stabbed. Charles went to jail. From this point Charles went to New York for some period of time. Doing so he stopped in a club