Charlie Parker

Charlie Parker

American jazz saxophonist and composer
Jazz giant who changed the face of the entire form, practically inventing modern jazz and shaping the course of 20th century music.
BornAugust 29, 1920
HometownKansas City, Kansas, United States of America
SpouseChan Parker (m 1950 - 1955)
ChildrenBaird Parker , Pree Parker
ParentsCharles Parker , Addie Parker


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After 130 years, family loosens grip on storied French saxophone

Since 1885 the descendants of Henri Selmer have been making saxophones favoured by jazz greats like John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. From its factory at Mantes-la-Ville just west of the French capital, the factory crafts some 9,000 saxophones a year for enthusiasts worldwide. But growing competition from cheaper Chinese horns has forced the company to bring in another player.
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