Stanley Crouch http://wrti.org en The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music http://wrti.org/post/birth-bird-young-charlie-parker-found-focus-faith-music <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15119268/charlie-parker" target="_blank">Charlie "Bird" Parker</a> was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. In his brief life, Parker created a new sound on the alto saxophone and spearheaded a revolution in harmony and improvisation that pushed popular music from the swing era to bebop and modern jazz.<p>In <em>Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker</em>, scholar and author Stanley Crouch tells the story of Parker's early years and his rise to prominence. Sat, 19 Oct 2013 10:44:00 +0000 Tom Vitale 6593 at http://wrti.org The Birth Of Bird: Young Charlie Parker Found Focus, Faith In Music