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Charlie Parker

Jazz Musician (29-Aug-1920 — 12-Mar-1955)


Gary Giddins. Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker. Da Capo Press. 1998. 128pp.

Lawrence O. Koch. Yardbird Suite: A Compendium of the Music and Life of Charlie Parker. Northeastern University Press. 1999. 416pp.

Edward M. Komara. The Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker: A Discography. Greenwood Publishing Group. 1998. 215pp.

Henry Martin. Charlie Parker and Thematic Improvisation. Scarecrow Press. 2001. 170pp.

Mark Miller. Cool Blues: Charlie Parker in Canada, 1953. Nightwood Editions. 1989. 115pp.

Brian Priestley. Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker. Oxford University Press. 2006. 242pp.

Robert George Reisner. Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker. Da Capo Press. 1977. 256pp.

Ross Russell. Bird Lives! The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker. Da Capo Press. 1996. 432pp.

Ken Vail. Bird's Diary: The Life of Charlie Parker, 1945-1955. Castle Communications. 1996. 175pp. Chronology.

Carl Woideck. Charlie Parker: His Music and Life. University of Michigan Press. 1998. 304pp.

Carl Woideck (editor). The Charlie Parker Companion: Six Decades of Commentary. Schirmer Books. 1998. 294pp. Essays, interviews, and reviews.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Internet Movie Database [link]

  4. Wikipedia [link]

  5. 20th Century Culture: A Biographical Companion (p.579)

  6. International Dictionary of 20th Century Biography (p.544)

  7. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.1125)

  8. Webster's American Biographies (p.795)

  9. The Oxford Dictionary of Music (p.655)

  10. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.746)

  11. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.556)

  12. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.386)

  13. St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture (vol.4, p.13)

  14. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.347)

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