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College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences, Lamont School of Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology


Charlie Parker, Music, Jazz, Pedagogy


Today, there exists a respectable body of work analyzing the music and life of Charlie Parker. Parker left behind around 900 recordings, a prolific body of work. There remains a great deal of solos to be transcribed and studied although there is much research examining hundreds of Parker solo transcriptions and proffering pedagogy to be used by the student of jazz improvisation in order to learn how to improvise within the musical language of Charlie Parker. Scholars have not paid a great deal of attention to how to synthesize the various research and pedagogies into a methodical guide for the student of improvisation to internalize the language of Charlie Parker while make improvising within that language an automatic process. This article will offer a way to indeed synthesize these various approaches into a concise method for learning to improvise within the style of Parker. This method should be developed further, as this article aims to show a condensed model of the synthesized method which may act as a jumping off point for further research and realization of the method.

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