Chasin' the Bird - The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker - Brian Priestley

Chasin' the Bird - The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker - Brian Priestley

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Chasin' the Bird - The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker - Brian Priestley

Brian Priestley [+-]
Author, Journalist and Broadcaster
Brian Priestley is the co-author of The Rough Guide to Jazz, now in its fourth edition, and the biographer of Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. He is a jazz pianist of note, specialising in the Ellingtonian repertoire, and has several CDs to his name. He is also a critic and reviewer for numerous magazines including Jazzwise, and a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio 3.

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Like the great majority of people who will read this book, I rst became aware of Charlie Parker after his death. In my case, it was through his death that I gained my rst awareness of his name. As a comparative novice, I had no idea of the connotations of either word in the title Cool Blues. But the sound of the record on the radio, and the surprising information that its creator had died at the age of thirty-four, made enough of an impact to outweigh my lack of understanding. Naturally, although the memory of that rst hearing is still strong, any such encounter depends on the listener’s previous listening (and reading), and it was an awfully long time before I was really able to appreciate Parker’s importance as one of the most signicant jazzmen ever.

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Priestley, Brian . Introduction. Chasin' the Bird - The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1 - 7 Oct 2005. ISBN 9781845533298. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=18768. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.18768. Oct 2005

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