June 9 — YARDBIRD SUITE, Charlie Parker (1946)

imageAll the Great American Writers loved their jazz, or so I like to think. There’s an air of dignity to it, of Fitzgerald or Faulkner, Steinbeck or Kerouac, drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, jazz on the turntable while laboring over a manual typewriter. So it seemed fitting, less than 50 pages into Raymond Carver’s biography, to learn that while his teenage classmates in the ’50s were listening to Hank Williams and Elvis, Carver had already discovered Charlie Parker and Tommy Dorsey.


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