Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr.

August 20, 1920 to March 12, 1955

Charlie Parker was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz.

Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr., also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird," was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. He was one of the most influential improvising soloists in jazz, and a central figure in the development of bebop in the 1940s.  Parker was admired for his unique style and innovative use of rhythm, which dominated jazz for years after his death.

Miles Davis once said, "You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker."