Last modified on 11 July 2016, at 19:25

Charlie Parker

Charlie with his saxophone.

Charlie "Bird" Parker was a famous alto saxophone player who played a key role in the invention of bebop along with, among others, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and Max Roach. Parker was nicknamed "Bird" because he played so fast that his reed chirped.[1]


  1. Kenny G, interview