Category: Bebop

Charlie Parker: The Man Who Lived Too Much

Charles Parker Jr. was born August 29, 1920.┬áHe was involved with drugs & alcohol throughout his extremely short life (35 years). These vices would eventually become part of his untimely death on March 12, 1955. ┬áNevertheless, Parker has forever changed jazz and left a wonderful legacy. Parker’s passion for music was sparked while listening to Read More

What Is Bebop?

Before the second world war, big bands (also known as swing bands) were the “in” thing with artists such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman being some of the more well-known leaders of the swing era. The bands usually consisted of between twelve and twenty-five musicians featuring a whole host of brass, woodwind, and Read More