By Chuck Haddix
With in-depth study into formerly missed resources and illustrated with a number of never-before-seen photographs, Bird: The existence and tune of Charlie Parker corrects a lot of the incorrect information and fable approximately the most influential musicians of the 20 th century.
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Charlie’s drug use and unreliability also caused strife at home. He argued with Addie and fought with Rebecca. Addie, fed up with the domestic turmoil, ordered Charlie to leave. “We had some terrible quarrels, and I said, ‘One house isn’t built for two nasty people. You know mother loves you, but you’ve got to obey mother or else you got to leave here. . Rebecca was four [two] years older than he was and wanted to be his mother,” Addie explained. “He wouldn’t stand for that and started beating up on her, you know.
26 McShann quickly found steady work with drummer Elmer Hopkins at the Monroe Inn, a neighborhood tavern on Independence Avenue located in an Irish and Italian neighborhood in the northeast section of town. Journalist Dave E. , who lived in the area, gave McShann his first national press coverage. Dexter, who was the first to write about Kansas City jazz and Count Basie in national publications, touted his latest find in his monthly column in Metronome covering the Kansas City scene. “McShann is undeniably the greatest pianist in Kaycee, and consistently shows solid, swing style as good as Count Basie ever got off while playing the Reno Club here a few months back.
I wanted to holler. I wanted to jump up and down and holler. I made so much in tips I didn’t think I would be paid. ”29 In May 1938, McShann opened at Clair Martin’s. McShann assembled a small combo for the engagement. “I stayed at Wolf’s for another two weeks and then I went to work at Martin’s 210 on the Plaza,” McShann remembered. “Walter Bales got the gig for me. He and Martin went to school together. He told me a friend of mine might be needing a band. This was on Buster’s Tune • 35 the Plaza and they did not have any black bands there.