Charlie Parker is best remembered as the father of bebop, a modern form of jazz music. It is the result of experiments he performed with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, guitarist Charlie Christian, pianist Thelonious Monk and drummer Kenny Clarke at an after-hour club in Harlem. Jun 22, · Throughout his adult life, Parker's battles with heroin addiction, alcoholism and mental illness caused turbulence in his career and personal relationships. By the time Parker married Rebecca.
Charles "Charlie" Parker Jr. (August 29, – March 12, ), nicknamed "Bird" and "Yardbird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker was a highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and advanced harmonies. Charlie Parker, byname of Charles Parker, Jr., also called Bird or Yardbird, (born August 29, , Kansas City, Kansas, U.S.—died March 12, , New York City, New York), American alto saxophonist, composer, and bandleader, a lyric artist generally considered the greatest jazz saxophonist.