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Old 08-29-2018, 06:14 AM
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Default Happy Birthday Charlie Parker

Today is Charlie Parker's 98th birthday. Okay, he only lived to 34, but it's worth remembering this great American original.

The story of Parker's last day on earth is part of jazz legend. On the evening of March 12, 1955, on a rainy night in New York, he knocked on the door of his dear friend and supporter, the Baroness de Koeningswater, telling her he felt ill. She saw how bad he looked, and said she would make him some tea and call a doctor. She emerged from the kitchen five minutes later with a pot of tea to find him dead on her couch.

He was a great genius and soaring talent who changed the face of modern music, but frittered away his life searching for dope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJYO6_t4d08

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Old 08-29-2018, 07:48 AM
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:01 AM
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Nice card Peter...either it's out of focus or I need new glasses.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:05 AM
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Nice card Peter...either it's out of focus or I need new glasses.
There is some print around the letters and elsewhere hat gives it that appearance, it looks better in hand. As this is the only one I have ever seen outside of David Halpen's website, it will have to do. 1958 Swedish Jazzbilder. No cards of him while he was alive as far as I know.
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:42 AM
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I didn't know there was any jazz fans on here - I marked Bird's B'day by playing a bunch of his 1940's sides with Dizzy Gillespie.

Barry, who else is in that Swedish set? I don't think I've ever seen those
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Old 08-31-2018, 03:39 PM
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Gary,
If you're referring to the youtube clip I included, that's Dick Hyman on piano, Sandy Block on bass, and Charlie Smith on drums. While Hyman was quite famous, the latter two were less so and may have played with Parker and Gillespie for that TV appearance only. And it's Earl Wilson giving them their Downbeat awards.

There are very few known film clips of Parker playing live. This one was discovered in the 1970's, and there is another one of Parker but without sound. And maybe one more. Footage of him is rare indeed.

Come to think of it, you meant to ask Peter about the Swedish set of cards? Not sure.

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Sorry about that, I meant the card.

I've seen that clip before, and I sure wish there were more out there, but it's the music that matters anyway. Parker's solo is really nice in that clip, and Dizzy is, well, as polished and on-spot as he always was.
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Charlie was a little past his prime in 1951 and his health was starting to deteriorate, but he still could blow that horn.
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Gary I have both Billie Holiday cards from the set, which to my knowledge are her only real cards. I can't remember if Louis is in it, I don't have that one if he is. The cards I have tend to scan a bit fuzzy but in hand they look ok.
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I don't have any Charlie Parker cards but I blow his horn (or one like it). And actually played Parker music on his birthday. Just ask my neighbors.
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