By Chuck Haddix
With in-depth examine into formerly missed assets and illustrated with numerous never-before-seen photographs, Bird: The lifestyles and tune of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and delusion approximately the most influential musicians of the 20 th century.
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6 Charlie and other band members stayed at the resort. Free from distractions, Charlie mastered chord changes, substitutions, voicing, and inversions. He came of age musically that summer in the flinty, rolling Ozark Mountains. At the end of the season, Charlie confidently returned to the clubs on Twelfth Street. His musical transformation astounded musicians who knew 26 • chapter 2 him prior to his Ozarks sojourn. Gene Ramey explained, “In the summer of 1937 Bird took a job with George E. Lee in the Ozarks region of Missouri.
LeRoy Brown Jr. 32 36 • chapter 2 In response to Alexander’s suggestions, Leonard adjusted the band’s lineup. He ordered Edward Phillips to take drum lessons and hired Winston Williams, a strong bass player, to anchor the rhythm section. Watching Charlie solo at the Gold Crown Tap Room, Leonard thought he had found the soloist needed to lead the reed section, freeing him to concentrate on developing a new book and polishing the band for Willard Alexander’s return visit. Unaware of Charlie’s drug use and unreliability, Leonard wooed him away from the Jay McShann band.
34 Leonard, who was concerned about losing Charlie and the others to Price, appeared with his full band on the Vine Street Varieties the following week. Leonard groomed Charlie for stardom with the band, billing him as Buster’s Tune • 37 the ‘Saxaphonist [sic] Supreme” for a Christmas night dance at Dreamland Hall, located at Cottage and Vine. Just as Charlie’s star rose with the band, he began missing practices and engagements. His frequent absences threw the band off. Leonard, who was determined to lead the Rockets to national fame, had little patience for Charlie’s transgressions, and let Charlie go in late January 1939.
Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker by Chuck Haddix