Charlie Parker Quotes (7 quotes)
“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.”
As quoted in Bird : The Legend Of Charlie Parker (1977) by Robert George Reisner, p. 27
As quoted in Words of Wisdom (1990) edited by William Safire and Leonard Safir, p. 435
“I realized by using the high notes of the chords as a melodic line, and by the right harmonic progression, I could play what I heard inside me. That's when I was born.”
c. 1939 quoted in Masters of Jazz
“Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain, straight liar. When I get too much to drink, I can't even finger well, let alone play decent ideas.... You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.”
As quoted in Hear Me Talkin' to Ya: The Story of Jazz As Told by the Men Who Made It (1955) edited by by Nat Shapiro and Nat Hentoff, p. 379
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Picture Source: Wikimedia CommonsCharlie Parker
Born: August 29, 1920
Died: March 12, 1955 (aged 34)
Occupation: Musician, saxophonist, composer
Bio: Charles Parker, Jr., also known as Yardbird and Bird, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
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