“This is an interpretation of Charlie “Bird” Parker. Parker’s name is almost instantly known to jazz enthsiasts. Parker has been given a great deal of credit for creating the “be-bop” jazz genre. As with many of our greatest musical talents, Parker self-destructed by age 34. Found dead by a friend in a New York apartment Parker’s demise is still somewhat shrouded by mystery. This painting is somewhat atypical of other images of Parker in that it presents Parker in a brief period of appparent well-being both physically and emotionally. Because of this choice of presentation of Parker, it allows us to remember the beauty of his musical genius. Parker’s life was immmortalized in the movie “Bird”, produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, who is an avid jazz enthusiast. “Birdland”, a club named after Parker, is still a well-known jazz club in Manhattan.
Unlike the "dark"images of Charlie Parker that reflect the darker periods of his too short life, I chose to portray Parker “In the Pink” – in a period of vitality, enjoying creative success and health." – Faith Coddington.
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