By Chuck Haddix
With in-depth examine into formerly ignored assets and illustrated with a number of never-before-seen photographs, Bird: The existence and track of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fable approximately the most influential musicians of the 20 th century.
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Finally he lost his horn, and I got mad and wouldn’t get it for him. The taxi driver soaked [sic] it somewhere and wouldn’t tell. When I was blowing, he’d be sitting there smiling and tapping his foot. I figured this was because he was high off that jive, but he was digging. I took a Boehm system clarinet over to him one day to teach him how to play it, and he came back the next day playing all the parts, he was brilliant. ”14 Charlie soon left the Douglas band and returned to freelancing. On January 10, 1938, Rebecca gave birth to a baby boy.
27 For the time being, McShann was content to stay at the Monroe Inn, where he got off work early enough to check out the action on Twelfth Street. McShann first met Charlie Parker during a late-night jaunt on Twelfth Street. “We’d always get through about 1:00 or 1:30, so that would give us a chance to go in and catch what was happening in town,” McShann recalled. “That’s how I happened to hear Bird one night. He was in the Bar-Lu-Duc Night Club on 12th and Charlotte. Music was piped out in the street.
When I got through playing the guy said I got this bushel basket full of booze and I said I’ll take it. So he said how much I owe you for tonight and I said I don’t know. He said well make up your mind and I’ll be back in a minute and make out a check for you. So he went on up front and came back and said you remember how much you want for the night. 00 be alright. I said oh yes, yes. I wanted to holler. I wanted to jump up and down and holler. I made so much in tips I didn’t think I would be paid.
Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker by Chuck Haddix