Today our team has one interesting American biographical movie to all our readers and fans who love the music. If you are a fan of movies based on a true story this movie will be enough interesting for you to watch tonight. The main role of the movie is Forest Whitaker as Charlie “Bird” Parker.
Bird is a movie from 1988 produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and the screenplay is written by Joel Oliansky. This film is a tribute to the life and music of American jazz saxophonist – Charlie “Bird” Parker which was also known as Yardbird or just Bird.
The film covers scenes from Parker’s life from his childhood in Kansas City, blending moments when he tried to find some truth in his life, to his early death at the age of 34. Much of the movie revolves around his relationships with wife Chan Parker, Bebop pioneer trumpet player Dizzy Gillespie and his influence on trumpet player Red Rodney which both of them were into the world of music and heroin addiction.
Charles Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, and he was one of the leading figures in the development of bebop. He was famous for his virtuosic technique and advanced harmonies which he introduced into his music, including passionate series of new variant chords. He was an icon for his time and icon for the hipster subculture and later for the Beat Generation, uncompromising artist and intellectual rather than just an entertainer.
In the late 1930s, he began to practice and during one interview with Paul Desmond, he said that he spent three to four years practicing up to 15 hours a day. His improvisations have been played at local jazz clubs at the time, around Kansas City, where he perfected his technique and developing his style.
As a teenager, Parker developed a morphine addiction and subsequently became addicted to heroin. He continued using heroin throughout his life and it ultimately contributes to his death on March 12, 1955.
Miles Davis once said: “You can tell the history of jazz in four words: Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker.”