Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California

Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California

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, Sequential Art, Music, Biography

The graphic novel tells the story of Bird’s time in L.A. starting in December 1945, where Bird and Dizzy Gillespie brought frenetic sounds of bebop from the East Coast jazz underground to the West Coast for a two-month residency at Billy Berg’s H...

Title:Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781940878386
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    Chasin' the Bird: Charlie Parker in California Reviews

  • Rod Brown

    Dave Chisholm utilizes the graphic novel format perfectly as he takes the parable of the blind men and the elephant as the jumping off point to define the structure of his fictionalized account of Cha...

  • Kevin Hodgson

    There’s a sequence in the final section — wordless, as Bird plays, that is just beautiful ... and then author notes explain how the pages are laid out as measures of music, which makes it even mor...

  • Rif A. Saurous

    A delightful and gorgeous exploration of Charlie Parker's time in Southern California. One of the best books I've seen at conveying the beauty of jazz, the innovations of Charlie Parker and his connec...

  • Peacegal

    Wow! I was absolutely blown away by this gorgeous and affecting look at the tormented genius of musician Charlie Parker. This graphic biography hit the sweet spot by looking at different individuals' ...

  • Jason

    Dave Chisholm's graphic novel about Charlie Parker's time in Southern California is the first book I've read released during the COVID-19 pandemic. It acknowledges that timing in the foreword by Karee...

  • Eric Devey

    A meticulous and tasteful depiction of Parker and those around him ...

  • Matt

    I had a vague familiarity with the legend but this was great. Each chapter is called a chorus, from a different pov. Damn right I played some Bird records while reading this!...

  • David Griffith

    beautifully done illustrated bio of Charlie Parker...

  • Stephen O'Brien

    Parker's time in California has been shrouded in mystery. Chasin' the Bird provides a insightful imagining of that period aided by little-known historical facts. Being both a jazz musician and artist,...

  • Mark

    Look for my review at All About Jazz.com....