By Parker, Charlie; Parker, Charlie; Haddix, Chuck
With in-depth learn into formerly ignored resources and illustrated with numerous never-before-seen photographs, Bird: The existence and song of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fantasy approximately the most influential musicians of the 20 th century.
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25 Before leaving Kansas City, Smith promised to send for band members when he found work in New York. Smith left Charlie in charge of the band. Without Buster’s fatherly influence, Charlie resumed abusing drugs and alcohol. The band quickly fell apart and Charlie returned to freelancing. In November 1938, Charlie joined the Jay McShann band at Clair Martin’s Plaza Tavern. Jay Columbus McShann, trim with an engaging grin, hailed from Muskogee, Oklahoma. A masterful pianist who ranged effortlessly from barrelhouse to modern styles, McShann began his career in Oklahoma and the southwestern territories.
I had my pockets full [of] money. 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.
In midsummer, Keyes formed the Ten Chords of Rhythm, drawing from Lincoln High School students and older, experienced musicians. A small advertisement in the Kansas City Call, Kansas City’s African American weekly, announced the band’s debut on Sunday, August 4, at Lincoln Hall, a modestly decorated dance hall that catered to the younger set. Lincoln Hall spanned the top floor of the Lincoln Building, a three-story red-brick building located on the southeast corner of Eighteenth and Vine. Matlaw’s, a popular clothing store, anchored the first floor.