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The most influential saxophone player that ever lived!

Charlie “Bird” Parker is the most famous saxophone player of all time.

Parker would early on in his playing career famously practice songs in all twelve keys, and terrify his fellow musicians with his fast playing, arpeggio substitution, and inventive contrafacts.

He would play with the world’s finest musicians during his short career and in doing so invent Bebop with Dizzy Gillespie.

Bird not only played hard but also lived hard, with alcoholism and heroin addiction taking hold early on. Mixed with mental illness and the loss of a child at an early age, he aged quickly and became suicidal.

When Mr Parker died from an untreated ulcer and pneumonia at the tender age of 34, the coroner estimated he was 60 years old.

Famous compositions include Scrapple From The Apple, Donna Lee, A Night In Tunisia, Ornithology, Koko, Billie’s Bounce, Blues For Alice, and Confirmation.

Of course, Charlie Parker also played and recorded all the usual jazz standards, for example, All Of Me, April In Paris, I Get A Kick Out Of You, Stella By Starlight, and Summertime.

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A Night In Tunisia

A Night In Tunisia chords

Learn how to play A Night In Tunisia by Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker using chords, chord analysis, lyrics, and the original recording.

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All Of Me

All Of Me chords

You can learn how to play All Of Me by Frank Sinatra (and Billie Holiday) using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.

Bbmaj7 | Bbmaj7 | D7 | D7 |
All of me, why not take all of me…


Summertime chords

You can learn how to play Summertime by Billie Holiday using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.

Bbm7 F7b9/C | Db6 F7b9/C | Bbm7 F7b9/C | Db6 F7b9/C |
Summertime and the living is easy…

Charlie Parker on the web

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Artists & Bands

Artist and Band biographies

Behind every single tune you learn, there’s an artist or band with an entire catalogue of music, waiting to be discovered.

Find out more about these great Artists & Bands, and let their tunes guide you to success.

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