Saxophone virtuoso Charlie “Bird” Parker began playing professionally in his early teens, became a heroin addict at 16, changed the course of music, and then died when only 34 years old. His life is the subject of a newly released book by Chuck Haddix, director of the Marr Sound Archives of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries.
“Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker” chronicles a musician who, like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane, was a transitional composer and improviser. Parker ushered in a new era of jazz, pioneering bebop and influencing subsequent generations of musicians.
Haddix will present the book at 7 p.m., Oct. 2, in the main sanctuary of Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47 St., Kansas City, Mo. Tickets are $7. The presentation will include music from special guest saxophonist and UMKC professor Bobby Watson and Tim Whitmer and the All-Star Band. Learn more about the event here.
Learn more about the book here.