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Corrects much of the misinformation and myth about one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century.

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Chuck Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries. He is the coauthor of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History and the producer and host of KCUR-FM's "The Fish Fry," a popular radio program.


"A detailed and well-proportioned linear narrative. As well as original interviews with Parker's school friends and musician colleagues, [Haddix has] found KC-published news items (and a different piece about Rebecca) and is assiduous about assigning dates, where possible, to previously vague areas of chronology. In addition to mining earlier books, Haddix had access to the archives of Jay McShannn and his early band manager John Tumio (discovering, without showing off about it, two new tracks by that band) and of Ross Russell, quoting from his correspondence and draft portions of his controversial Bird lives!"-Brian Preistley, Jazzwise

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