Happy Birthday, Bird

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 29

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1920: Charles “Bird” Parker is born in Kansas City. He will become one of the 20th Century’s greatest jazz saxophonists and composers. He is among the leading figures in the creation of bebop — a form of jazz featuring fast tempos and improvisation. Bebop is one of the great paving stones in the road to Rock ‘n’ Roll. Drug addiction will take his life when he is just 34 years old.

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