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by Chan Parker

Free eBook My Life in E-flat download ISBN: 1570032459
Author: Chan Parker
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press (January 1, 1999)
Language: English
Pages: 326
Category: Art and workmanship
Subcategory: Music
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My Life in E-flat has been added to your Cart. Chan Parker's brilliant autobiography gives us an honest and well-written insight into her dramatic life on the American jazz scene in the 1940s and 50s-from the heydays on 52nd Street in New York, to her love affairs with and marriages to Charlie Parker and Phil Woods, to her present life of reflection and solitude in France.

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Chan Woods (born Beverly Dolores Berg, also known as Chan Richardson; 29 June 1925 – 9 September 1999), well known as Chan Parker, was a common-law wife of jazz musician Charlie Parker who later married musician Phil Woods

Chan Woods (born Beverly Dolores Berg, also known as Chan Richardson; 29 June 1925 – 9 September 1999), well known as Chan Parker, was a common-law wife of jazz musician Charlie Parker who later married musician Phil Woods. She was born in New York City, New York. She was a dancer and jazz enthusiast who in the 1940s and early 1950s was romantically connected with jazz musicians Johnny Bothwell and later Don Lanphere.

The autobiography of Charlie Parker's widow, Chan, "Ma Vie en Mi Bémol" (My Life in E-Flat), on which the Clint Eastwood film "Bird" was based, has just been published here by Librarie Plon. Back in the days when Bird was our treasured and above all secret hero, who could have guessed it would come to this? (There are as yet no plans to publish it in English. You don't live with Bird and Phil Woods without coming to look at the world with tinted (not necessarily rose-colored) glasses.

Chan Parker was born in New York City and now lives on a farm in Champmotteux, France. In addition to her many roles in the American jazz scene, she has been a dancer, housewife, lyricist, and writer. She is the author of To Bird with Love.

My Life in E-flat is the remarkable memoir of a woman who witnessed some of the most important movements in the history of jazz. Through her autobiography, Chan Parker provides intimate insights into the music and into life with Charlie Parker, the key figure in the development of bebop and one of the most important of all jazz musicians. Born Beverly Dolores Berg in New York City at the height of the Jazz Age, Parker's father was a producer of vaudeville shows and her mother was a dancer in Florenz Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic.

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My Life In E-Flat Chan Parker ISBN 1-57003-245-9 Paperback, 191 pages University Of South Carolina Press 1999. The nearest I ever got to meeting alto saxophone and bebop incendiary Charlie "Bird" Parker was attending an auction of objects once owned by or associated with him. Held in London in 1994 by the international art auctioneers, Christie's, the prize exhibit was the white plastic saxophone played by Parker during his celebrated 1953 Massey Hall, Toronto gig with trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, pianist Bud Powell, bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach.

Varying Form of Title: My life in E-flat. Download book My life in E?, Chan Parker. Publication, Distribution, et. Columbia. University of South Carolina Press, (c)1998. Physical Description: xix, 191 p. : ill. ;, 21 cm. Formatted Contents Note: Allegro Bebop Yatag Theme Interlude Coda Prelude Scherzo Chaconne Modulation Ostinato Alto ego Caesura Largo Inversions Reprise Fortissimo.

After Parker's Death In 1955 Chan Married Saxophonist Phil Woods And Relocated To France Where She . In Her Later Years She Went On To Write A Memoir My Life In E-flat Which Discusses Her Life With Charlie Parker.

After Parker's Death In 1955 Chan Married Saxophonist Phil Woods And Relocated To France Where She Spent Much Of The Rest Of Her Life. It Was Published In 1999 The Year Of Her Death Which Occurred In Aetampes France.

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This is the autobiography of Chan Parker, the last wife (without benefit of law) of Charlie Parker, "the leviathan of modern jazz". Bird, as he was called, had no peer as a jazz improviser and creator with the exception of Louis Armstrong. He met Chan when she was a teenage free spirit haunting the basement nightclubs on 52nd Street, living in a nearby brownstone with her mother, who worked as a hatcheck lady at one of the clubs. She was hip and beautiful, and smitten by Bird. As he told her, "I'm not one of those boys you're used to". Thirty years later, while being interviewed for the PBS documentary American Masters, her eyes sparkle as she recalls that moment. And he wasn't! Of course, she didn't fully realize what she was in for. Bird was a hopeless drug addict and alcoholic, destined to die at 34 after his career was badly damaged by the New York City cabaret laws. Nobody could keep him under control, at least not for long. Nowadays we understand a lot more about the dynamics of this kind of relationship, and terms like "co-dependency" and "denial" are in common vogue. It was destined to fail, but not before creating some interesting moments.

There was more to Chan's life than her relationship with Bird, but most readers will be interested in this book for what it tells us about Bird, not Chan. In addition to chaotic scenes featuring a drunken husband, there are fascinating musical recollections, including the remarkable story of the recording session which produced the remake of Now's the Time along with two tunes named after Bird's children: Laird Baird and Kim. And then there is the odd personal recollection, such as "he was the only man I ever met who smoked in the shower".

The net impression for me is one of awe mingled with sadness, but if you're curious about what Bird was like, this book will tell you.
I was intrigued by the samples available while I was shopping so I sprung for the whole book. I wanted a big enough order so I wouldn't have to pay shipping, so I added some cassette blanks to make the order over $25. Then I discovered that the casettes came from another supplier so they were no help with the shipping cost. So I looked around for another book and after finding one, I placed my order. Imagine my surprise when my package came with only one book. Then a few days later the whole order came. Of course I was charged shipping for the single book. I can give away my extra copy of Ms. Chan Parker's. It is an interesting read, especially for fans of her late first husband. But I really object to paying shipping. I sent an email to Amazon and got no response. I've been an excellent customer for a number of years, to the detriment of my local record stores. It would be nice if they gave me a credit for the bogus shipping charge.

Bill Clark
A story I have tried to locate and read for a number of years. Wonderfully written with love and respect. I feel so fortunate to have this book - it took so long to be released and I am now reading it for the second time. Chan gives the average fan a better understanding of the artist (Bird) who forever changed the music of our lives. Many details of her life and the exciting time of her youth are included. I almost felt like I was there myself - you can feel the music in the air. A huge thank you to the author - I am so grateful to have this piece of history and am even more passionate about the music of the great Charlie Parker. A must read for any jazz fan....
Great jazz bio, should be required reading for anyone that loves jazz!!!!