Charlie Parker Quotes

Charles "Charlie" Parker, Jr. (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955), also known as "Yardbird" and "Bird", was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

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Charlie Parker


It's just music. It's trying to play clean and looking for the pretty notes. The beat in a bop band is with the music, against it, behind it. It pushes it. It helps it. Help is the big thing. It has no continuity of beat, no steady chug-chug. Jazz has, and that's why bop is more flexible.

Charlie Parker


It's just music. It's playing clean and looking for the pretty notes.

Charlie Parker


Learn the changes, then forget them.

Charlie Parker


Don't be afraid, just play the music.

Charlie Parker


Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.

Charlie Parker


“They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.”

Charlie Parker


“You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.”

Charlie Parker


“Any musician who says he is playing better either on tea, the needle, or when he is juiced, is a plain straight liar . . . You can miss the most important years of your life, the years of possible creation.”

Charlie Parker


“Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.”

Charlie Parker


“If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn.”

Charlie Parker


“We want to have the place jumping, ... Traditional British people have to start re-examining themselves and their culture in terms of addressing the new age.”

Charlie Parker


“Don't play the saxophone. Let it play you.”

Charlie Parker


“It works on improving your neuromuscular system, ... You'll see results faster and you'll also get stronger in the process.”

Charlie Parker


“It works on improving your neuromuscular system. You'll see results faster and you'll also get stronger in the process.”

Charlie Parker


“It was a bit of a switch-up, really,”

Charlie Parker