Charles Parker Junior, popularly known as Charlie Parker, was an American musician who specialised in playing the saxophone and was also an accomplished composer. Parker is perhaps most famous for being a jazz saxophonist and regarded as one of the most influential jazz soloists of his time. On the other hand, Parker is also regarded as the pioneer of bebop, a genre of jazz that is faster in nature and gathered a cult fol-lowing over the years. Parker became famous for his versatility as a singer and saxo-phonist and reached the peak of his art following his move to New York City in 1939. Needless to say, he went on to become one of the leading lights of music in the United States during the 1940s and early 1950s, as bebop became widely popular among Americans of all ages. Some of Parker’s most well-known works include ‘Bird of Paradise’, ‘Ornithology’, ‘Yardbird Suite’ and ‘Bird Gets the Worm’, which went on to become cult classics in their own right. As is the case with most artists, he was quite outspoken and freely expressed his thoughts through his lyrics, music and work. Here is a collection of some memorable quotes and thoughts by Charlie Parker that will give you a glimpse of his musical mind.
Our religion is the traditions of our ancestors - the dreams of our old men, given them in solemn hours of the night by the Great Spirit; and the visions of our sachems, and is written in the hearts of our people.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
When the last red man shall have perished from the earth and his memory among the white men shall have become a myth, these shores will swarm with the invisible dead of my tribe. The white man will never be alone. Let him be just and deal kindly with my people, for the dead are not powerless.
Youth is impulsive. When our young men grow angry at some real or imaginary wrong, and disfigure their faces with black paint, it denotes that their hearts are black, and that they are often cruel and relentless, and our old men and old women are unable to restrain them. Thus it has ever been.
Our people are ebbing away like a rapidly receding tide that will never return. The white man's God cannot love our people, or He would protect them.