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III. Important Figures

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Kenny Clarke

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Ella Fitzgerald

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Gillespie & Roach

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Parker Quartet

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Clark Terry

A. Kenny Clarke, drums (1914-1985)


Kenny Clarke bio

watch video Video of Kenny Clarke performing "Bebop" 

B. Ella Fitzgerald, vocal (1918-1996)


Ella Fitzgerald bio

watch video Video of Ella Fitzgerald performing "One Note Samba" 

C. Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet (1917-1993)


Dizzy Gillespie bio

watch video Video of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker performing "Hot House" 

D. J.J. Johnson, trombone (1924-2001)


J.J. Johnson bio

watch video Video of J.J. Johnson (trombone), Howard McGee (trumpet), and Sonny Stitt (alto saxophone) performing "Now's the Time" 

E. Thelonious Monk, piano (1917-1982)


Thelonious Monk bio

watch video Video of Thelonious Monk performing "Rhythm-a-Ning" 

F. Charlie Parker (“Bird”), alto saxophone (1920-1955)


Charlie Parker bio

watch video Video of Charlie Parker performing "Celerity" 

G. Max Roach, drums (1924-2007)


Max Roach bio

watch video Video of Max Roach performing "Minor Mode Blues" 

H. Clark Terry, trumpet & flugelhorn (1920-2015 )


Clark Terry bio

watch video Video of Clark Terry performing "Mack the Knife" 

Video Clips

videospacer Charlie Parker - Donna Lee
videospacer Charlie Parker and Coleman Hawkins - Ballade
videospacer Clark Terry - Mack the Knife
videospacer Dizzy Gillespie - Manteca
videospacer Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker - Hot House
videospacer Ella Fitzgerald - How High the Moon
videospacer Kenny Clarke
videospacer Thelonious Monk Quartet - 'Round Midnight
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