Jazz has had more than its share of great artists mired in sad stories.  Charlie “Bird” Parker is a prime example of that.

Charlie Parker with Miles Davis. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Parker had his addictions — primarily heroin.  He lived a brutal life when it came to his ghosts, his “tastes.”  It’s said that when he died in 1955 at the age of 34, the coroner thought, judging by the condition of his body, that Parker was between the ages of 50-60.

But Parker was a musical genius, one of the founders of bebop and one of the all-time great saxophonists.

He recorded breathtaking albums, like “Jazz At Massey Hall,” with other giants such as Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Charles Mingus on bass, Max Roach on drums, and Bud Powell on piano.

It’s one of those diamonds in the jazz realm.

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