Jazz saxophonist known for his solo improvisations. He is considered one of the founders of the genre of bebop. He was often referred to by his fans as "Yardbird."
He joined his high school's band with a rented saxophone.
He was called the Bird and his songs "Anthropology," "Ornithology," and "Confirmation" have become standards.
He married Chan Parker in 1950 and they raised two children together.
He was once part of a duo with Dizzy Gillespie.