Haddix tries to dispel some of the myths about Kansas City’s most famous jazz musician.
From the University of Illinois Press: “With in-depth research into previously overlooked sources, Chuck Haddix corrects much of the misinformation and myth about one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. Illustrated with several never-before-seen images, Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker chronicles Parker’s trials and triumphs: his struggles in Kansas City; his collaboration with Dizzy Gillespie that led to the development of bebop; his incarceration in the California State Mental Hospital at Camarillo; his rise to international acclaim; his stormy relationship with his fourth wife Chan; the death of his daughter Pree; and his untimely death from a life of excess. This is the story of Charlie “Bird” Parker.”
Chuck Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives of the University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries. He is the coauthor of Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop–A History and the producer and host of KCUR-FM’s “The Fish Fry,” a popular radio program featuring the finest in blues, soul, rhythm & blues, jumpin’ jive, and zydeco. He also teaches Kansas City jazz history at the Kansas City Art Institute.