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Acknowledgments, Credits, and Tips of the Hat

I owe a lot to a lot of people. First among them is John Burton, whose 75th anniversary discography appeared on the internet back in 1995 and was the inspiration for this version. John Griffin has been generous with articles, interviews, and photographs; and I have benefited as well from his careful listening and sage advice. I have received many helpful comments from Carlos de Rosselló, whose attention to detail has helped me to correct many errors. Jay Becker has made many helpful corrections and suggestions as well. Bruno Leicht and James Accardi have shared recordings with me, as well as expertise, encouragement, and good humor. Others who have made valuable contributions include Daniele Campana, Dean Chambers, Jen-Kuang Chang, Luis Contijoch, Jon Foley, Ron Fritts, Marcel Gärtner, Larry Hancock, Hans Jensen, Larry Koch, Piet Koster, Konrad Lozinski, Wasaburo Miura, Joe Medjuck, Craig Neilson, Leif Bo Petersen, Remco Plas, Norman Saks, Mark White, Phil Wilson, Carl Woideck, and Chieo Yamada.

Leif Bo Petersen's careful archival research has helped me to correct many errors and to fix dates and venues that were uncertain or erroneous. I'm grateful to him for sharing his Charlie Parker Chronology on this site. This labor of love contains details about Parker's recording sessions, live performances, and other activities. The activities are separated into years, and Leif periodically updates the files as he comes across new information.

Charlie Parker's 100th birthday occurs on August 29, 2020. So this is Bird's centennial. For a good window on what is happening to commemorate Parker and his legacy, visit http://charlieparkermusic.com.

There are some published Charlie Parker discographies you may want to consult:

  1. Robert Bregman, Leonard Bukowski, and Norman Saks, The Charlie Parker Discography. Redwood, NY: Cadence Books, 1993.

  2. Piet Koster, Bird Lore: Charlie Parker 1940-1955 (Second Edition). Almere: Micrography/Names & Numbers, 2002. (Names & Numbers also publishes a quarterly newsletter with updates to this discography.)

  3. Leo Petersen, Charlie Parker: A Discography. Copenhagen, 2000. Limited edition, 6 copies; 380 A4 pages.

  4. Claude Schlouch, Charlie Parker: A Discography. Paris, 1999. Limited edition, 200 copies; 145 A4 pages & 28 pp. index.

Ken Vail's Bird's Diary: The Life of Charlie Parker, 1945-1955 (London: Sanctuary Books, 1996) is a useful tool, too, though he is not very forthcoming about his sources and the book contains a number of errors. Of the many books on Parker and his music, for me the most helpful have been Chuck Haddix, Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (University of Illinois Press, 2013); Larry Koch, Yardbird Suite: A Compendium of the Music and Life of Charlie Parker (Northeastern University Press, 1999); and Carl Woidek, Charlie Parker: His Life and Music (University of Michigan Press, 1996). Carl has also edited The Charlie Parker Companion: Six Decades of Commentary (Schirmer Books, 1998), a very useful compendium of interviews, contemporary reportage and reviews, etc. A brief and selective list of books and websites is available elsewhere on this site.

I'm sure that there are errors and omissions in these pages, so if you have corrections or additions, send me e-mail at plosin@gmail.com.

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