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Billie’s Bounce

Charlie Parker, nicknamed “Bird” or “Yardbird”, was an American jazz saxophonist, band leader and composer. Parker was a highly influential soloist and leading figure in the development of bebop, a form of jazz characterized by fast tempos, virtuosic technique, and advanced harmonies. He was a virtuoso and introduced revolutionary rhythmic and harmonic ideas into jazz, including rapid passing chords, new variants of altered chords, and chord substitutions. His music has inspired blind musicians Moondog, Lennie Tristano and Ray Charles.

Charlie Parker’s tune Billie’s Bounce is a F major blues and was recorded in 1945, for Savoy Records. His quintet included a young Miles Davis, Curley Russell on bass, Max Roach on drums, and Dizzy Gillespie (who doubled on piano).

You can enjoy this song performed by The Red Garland Quintet at their YouTube video

You can obtain the Billie’s Bounce lead sheet No-C-Notes audio described through the catalog at

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