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Charlie Parker Bibliography

  • Robert Bregman, Leonard Bukowski, and Norman Saks, The Charlie Parker Discography. Redwood, NY: Cadence Books, 1993.
  • Stanley Crouch, Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. New York: Harper, 2013.
  • Gary Giddins, Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker. New York: Da Capo Press, 1999.
  • Chuck Haddix, Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2013.
  • Jens Kjeldsen, Charlie Parker - The Bird. Copenhagen: Husets Forlag, 2006.
  • Lawrence O. Koch, Yardbird Suite: A Compendium of the Music and Life of Charlie Parker. Northeastern University Press, 1999.
  • Piet Koster, Bird Lore: Charlie Parker 1940-1955 (Second Edition). Almere: Micrography/Names & Numbers, 2002.
  • Edward M. Komara (ed.), The Dial Recordings of Charlie Parker: A Discography. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1998.
  • Henry Martin, Charlie Parker and Thematic Improvisation. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1996.
  • Thomas Owens, Charlie Parker: Techniques of Improvisation. Ph.D. dissertation, University of California Los Angeles, 1974.
  • Chan Parker, My Life in E-Flat. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1999.
  • Leo Petersen, Charlie Parker: A Discography. Copenhagen, 2000.
  • Brian Priestley, Chasin' the Bird: The Life and Legacy of Charlie Parker. London: Equinox Publishing Ltd, 2005.
  • Robert George Reisner, Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker. New York: Da Capo Press, 1975.
  • Ross Russell, Bird Lives!: The High Life and Hard Times of Charlie (Yardbird) Parker. New York: Da Capo Press, 1996.
  • Claude Schlouch, Charlie Parker: A Discography. Paris, 1999.
  • Ken Vail, Bird's Diary: The Life of Charlie Parker, 1945-1955. London: Sanctuary Books, 1996.
  • Martin Westin, Charlie Parker i Sverige: med en Avstickare till Köpenhabn. Stockholm: Premium Publishing, 2014.
  • Carl Woideck, Charlie Parker: His Music and Life. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998. Revised edition, 2020.
  • -------- (ed.), The Charlie Parker Companion: Six Decades of Commentary. New York: Schirmer Books, 1998.

Charlie Parker websites

Charlie Parker Music
A good starting point for information about Parker and his music, an image gallery, and (of course) stores where you can get Charlie Parker T-shirts or cover art for your home or office.

The Wikipedia entry for Charlie Parker
An extensive article about Charlie Parker covering all periods of his career

The Wikipedia entry for Charlie Parker discography
A basic discography for Charlie Parker from Wikipedia

Charlie Parker discography at Discogs.com
Extensive discography of Charlie Parker from Discogs.com

Charlie Parker at the Discography Project
An extensive discography and sessionography maintained by the Jazz Discography Project.

Bird's Legacy
Maintained by Wasaburo Miura, with lots of discographical resources, cover art, and collectors' notes.

Chasin' the Bird
This site was created as an oasis for BIRD chasers fascinated with Charlie Parker.

Phil Schaap Jazz: Radio
Phil Schaap's archive of Bird Flight broadcasts, and much besides.

Bird Lives
Llew Walker's extensive site with interviews, gallery, and lots of insightful essays.

Kevin Sun on Charlie Parker
New York saxophonist and composer Kevin Sun has blogged extensively about Charlie Parker and his music.

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