Vivoscene on Celebrating Bird

By Brian Miller

giddins_celebrating cover“Let’s not call it bebop. Let’s call it music” ~ Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker, jazz saxophonist extraordinaire, was thirty-four years old when he died in 1955, and was arguably the most significant musician in North America at the time. His legend and impact continue to be felt and re-evaluated, and with the recent revision and reissue of the Gary Giddins stunning 1987 biography Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker, new audiences will surely come to know why Parker was and is held in such high esteem by music fans of every stripe.

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