Charlie “Bird, ” Parker the Man, the Myth, the Legend, the Addict...

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Charlie “Bird,” Parker
The Man, The Myth, The Legend,
The Addict... Charles parker was a brilliant jazz musician. He was so innovative and played with such genius that he has influenced all jazz musicians regardless of their time period. One can only speculate what might have happened with Jazz if Charles' life was not cut short due to intense drug use as was so common in the musician scene. Then again one can only speculate weather or not Charles' Jazz would have been as great as it was if it were not for the drugs that he consumed on a daily basis. Did the drugs make Charles' Jazz what it was or did the man have the built in ability to squeeze the perfect notes out of a saxophone making it do his will without hardly having to give it
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Simpson was an older gentleman not unlike most of the people Charles liked to be around. Lawrence Keyes claims that Charles worshiped Simpson, and was with more often then not. Shortly after the Deans broke up at the age of twenty-one Simpson died, and Keyes claims that Charles was a complete wreck afterwards. This event helped to spiral Charles farther down the path of his drug addiction. Charles married Rebecca Ruffin on July the 25 of 1936, a girl whom he met in 1934 when she, her mother and her siblings boarded a room from Charles' mother. When Rebecca was three months pregnant with Charlie's first child he called her into their room and asker her to sit down. Rebecca had no idea what Charlie was doing until she saw his reflection in the mirror injecting himself in the arm. He convinced her that he had to take heroin to alleviate the pain from a wreck he had recently been involved in that broke three ribs, and fractured his spine. She never seemed to learn the truth about his history with heroin or chose to ignore it and believe what he had told her. 1936 was a transitional year for Charles, his technique developed and so did his love for drugs. The wreck that had injured Charles so badly had happened on his way to the Ozark Mountains where he was to play a Thanksgiving job. Charles continued afterward taking jobs in the Ozarks. He often played with a saxophonist named Tommy Douglass. Douglass helped Charles develop some techniques such as

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